DESERTS

Did you know that deserts occupy more than 25% of the total geography of Africa? Learn what differentiates the Gobi from the Sahara, northern deserts from southern, and more.
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The Libyan Desert

Libyan Desert, part of the Sahara. It covers some 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 km2) in Libya, Egypt, and Sudan and consists mainly of gravelly plains, rock outcrops, and vast areas of shifting sand dunes.

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  • The Sahara Desert

    The Sahara Desert

    Sahara, the vast desert of northern Africa, and the world's largest arid region. It occupies much of the broad northern half of Africa and covers some 3,500,000 square miles (9,000,000 km2), an area only slightly less than that of the United States. See more »

  • Western Sahara

    Western Sahara

    Western Sahara, formerly Spanish Sahara, a region in northwestern Africa. It makes up the southernmost provinces of Morocco. See more »

  • Atlas Mountains

    Atlas Mountains

    Atlas Mountains, a mountain system of northwestern Africa. It extends generally northeast-southwest for about 1,500 miles (2,400 km) across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. See more »

  • The Kalahari Desert

    The Kalahari Desert

    Kalahari Desert, a semiarid to arid region in southern Africa, mainly in Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia. See more »

  • The Libyan Desert

    The Libyan Desert

    Libyan Desert, part of the Sahara. It covers some 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 km2) in Libya, Egypt, and Sudan and consists mainly of gravelly plains, rock outcrops, and vast areas of shifting sand dunes. See more »

  • The Namib Desert

    The Namib Desert

    Namib Desert, an arid coastal region in Namibia (South-West Africa). It extends about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from Angola in the north to South Africa in the south. See more »

  • The Tanezrouft Desert

    The Tanezrouft Desert

    Tanezrouft, a large, stony section of the Sahara. It is a flat expanse, stretching from northern Mali to the Ahaggar mountains of Algeria. See more »

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