Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

The Sahara Is Not The Largest Desert In The World

The Sahara at 3.47 million sq mi / 9 million km2 is NOT the largest desert in the world. If we accept the definition of a desert as a wilderness area that receives less than 7.9 inches of rainfall per year and has a definite lack of vegetation and an almost nonexistent population.

Therefore, Antarctica IS the largest desert with an area of 5.4 million square miles, or 14 million square kilometers. But the Sahara remains the largest HOT desert.

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