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Deserts Around the World

May 20, 2013

Dryness, heat, sand as far as the eye can see – there’s no mistaking a desert when you’re in one, and there are loads of deserts all over the world. A desert is a landscape that typically has very little precipitation (rain), high heat, and a distinct lack of plant life – desert plants like cactus adapt to thrive with less water. Check out Deserts Around the World!

Sahara

The Sahara, located in North Africa, has to be one of the most famous deserts in the world! It is the world’s hottest desert and the third largest desert on the planet. Some of the sand dunes in the Sahara can reach as high as 590 feet tall! The Sahara is 360, 000, 000 square miles and the name comes from the Arabic word for desert.

The Sahara Desert is the hottest in the worldThe Sahara Desert is the hottest in the worldCourtesy of Science Daily

Gobi

If you travel to Asia, you may come across the Gobi Desert, which is located in northern and northwestern China and southern Mongolia. The Gobi is well-known historically because it was part of the Mongol Empire and housed some famous cities that were stops on the Silk Road. It is home to animals like camels, and is considered a rain shadow desert – meaning the Himalayan mountains block the clouds that would normally carry rain to the region.

The Gobi DesertThe Gobi Desert

Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert is most definitely a famous desert, but some claim that it doesn’t qualify as a desert at all! It has more plant life covering the ground than many more arid deserts, and also supports more animal life. The Kalahari covers parts of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. In Afrikaans (a language spoken in South Africa) it also called the “Dorsland,” meaning “thirsty land.”

The Kalahari isn't technically a desertThe Kalahari isn't technically a desertCourtesy of kalahari.com

Mojave

The Mojave Desert straddles several states: California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. It is named after the Mohave Tribe. The most famous area in the Mojave Desert is Death Valley, at 282 feet below sea level it is the lowest elevation in North America. There’s another famous place in the Mojave that you may be familiar with – Las Vegas!

The Mojave DesertThe Mojave Desert

The Great Victoria Desert

The Great Victoria Desert is the largest desert in Australia, it covers 134,650 square miles. It is still inhabited by indigenous Australian communities. It was named after Queen Victoria by the first European to cross the desert in 1875, British Explorer Ernest Giles.

The Great Victoria Desert is the largest in AustraliaThe Great Victoria Desert is the largest in AustraliaCourtesy of amodmag.com

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What's The World's Largest Desert?

  • Sahara Desert.
  • Mojave.
  • Gobi.
  • Kalahari.

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Jeterfan14
Jeterfan14 posted in Debating:
"David_Teh_Derp" wrote: "Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :) No no, sorry about it confusing. What I meant was I disagreed with the egotistical part and wanted you to know I was a pageant girl and I wasn't that way, however I was too lazy to retype how I felt about this subject so I directed you to my post before cx Sorry. My post is in favor of beauty pageants, I've realized lately that I can't portray what I'm trying to say in a non-confusing way to other people so I guess I'll try and clarify. I feel beauty pageants are helpful to the girls in them, I had been bullied harshly but my mother said everytime I was on stage I seemed to have some confidence which I didnt have any other time. All Im really saying is people judge pageants too quickly without really realizing the deeper meaning behind them, I was just saying it from a beauty pageant girls mind
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David_Teh_Derp
"Jeterfan14" wrote: "David_Teh_Derp" wrote: No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel So I read the post and it seems that it has almost nothing to say about ego. These are the only things I, at least, can get out of your post about feelings: ​1. The question: Do beauty pageants objectify women? 2. Your description of what way you are using the word 'objectify': Degrading a person to seem like a mere object ​3. Wanting to know everybody's opinion ​ ​That's it. I'm probably the only one here to bring up the subject about 'egoistical'. And since you are a feminist I will plainly assume that you agree with me on these girls in the pageant being of larger ego than usual. But your comment is slightly confusing and therefore I have no idea if you are angry with me or if you are telling me that you are agreeing with me saying that you feel that pageant girls are egoistic or something. But I know one thing: You feel badly about these pageants. If you would detail your comment more I would be relatively satisfied and probably even have a full answer. On the other hand, thank you for recognizing my comment, I was glad to hear your reaction, even though it was somewhat confusing, and I hope you have a good continuation of the day, m'am. :)
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ValenciaRose
ValenciaRose posted in Debating:
In general, do you think a country would be run better with a democracy or with someone making all the decisions?  Sorry should have made that more clearer :blush 
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"David_Teh_Derp" wrote:No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly). Read my post and you'll get the opinion of one of those "egotistic" pageant girls. I am very feminist and if you read my post you'll see how I feel
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David_Teh_Derp
No, they do not make women seem like objects, but beauty pageants are stupid though. I don't get why people are amused of this. So if anyone is supposed to be blamed for sexism, if there even is any in this, it's those that like this. (Honestly I am not amused with someone just showing of on stage, it is also kinda egoistic also, honestly).
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