by Smruti Rao
Posted on 11th May, 2015
A desert is a barren area of land where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life.
What you see above is how the dictionary defines a desert. It gives an impression that deserts are lifeless. But they have a life of their own. The kind of views you get in a desert are unmatched. Here are some of the most beautiful deserts in the world!
1. Salar de Uyuni salt desert , Bolivia
This is the world's largest salt flat desert at 10,582 square kilometers. It is an expansive, virtually flat desert that reflects the sun in such a way as to create a mirror effect with the sky. A road trip to Salar de Uyuni is a must if you're visiting Bolivia.
2. Namib Desert, Namibia
The Namib desert is home to some of the tallest and most spectacular dunes of the world, ranging in color from pink to vivid orange. These dunes continue right to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The cold waters of the sea brushing against the dunes of the Namib desert is one of the most surreal sights and Namib is the only desert in the world to have elephants. Desert Safaris here give you a real taste of wild road trips!
3. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
This is a very unusual desert where dunes and lagoons exist together. Due to the amount of rainfall this region receives, ponds of crystal clear water are created on the depressions between the dunes. The water is prevented from percolating down by a layer of impermeable rock which lies beneath the sand. The resulting blue, green and black "lagoons" are surrounded by the desert-like sand, and reach their fullest between July and September.
4. Pinnacles desert, Australia
The Pinnacles Desert is located in the Nambung National Park in Western Australia. This has breathtaking landscape where the weathered rock spires of the Pinnacles rise out of yellow sand dunes. There is only one access road into the Pinnacles Desert that is 27km long. Visitors should ensure that insurance permits their vehicle to be driven on the unsealed roads. At various turning points off the main access road, beach and picnic areas can be accessed.
5. McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica
This region is one of the world's most extreme deserts. There are different types of research reports that have clearly shown this fact that though these valleys are nested in an ice-covered continent, they have been ice-free for thousands of years. The McMurdo Dry Valleys are considered to be the earth’s closest equivalent to the surface of Mars. The Dry Valleys are so named because of their extremely low humidity and their lack of snow or ice cover. The best way to enjoy this place is to go on foot. So get your Trekking Boots ready!
6. Taklamakan desert, China
This is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world. In January 2008, this desert was covered for the first time in its entirety with a thin layer of snow.
7. Farafra desert, Egypt
This white desert of Egypt has massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorms in the area. The White Desert is a national park of Egypt and is located near the town of Farafra. The desert centerpiece is its rocks colored from snow-white to cream color.
8. Simpson desert, Australia
The Simpson Desert is also known as ‘The Big Red’ due to the presence of many dunes of red sand. The Simpson Desert has the world’s longest parallel sand dunes.
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