GK Notes: Important Deserts of the world for upcoming SSC & Railways Exams 2022!

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : October 23rd, 2022

Deserts cover a good number of questions making it an important topic to cover in Railways & SSC Exams. Around 1-2 questions are asked about this topic which surely makes it important for you to study the topic well for upcoming SSC and Other Competitive Exams. Here are important deserts & their facts which you should not ignore.  

Important Deserts of the world

Desert:desert is a barren area of the landscape where little precipitation occurs and, consequently, living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. 

1. Continent: Antarctica

  • Desert Name: Antartic

2. Continent: Asia, Europe, North America

  • Desert Name: Arctic desert

3. Continent: Asia

  • Desert Name: Karakum, Thar desert, Kyzylkum, Taklamakan, Arabian, Dasht-e Kavir, Dasht-e Lut, Gobi Desert 

4. Continent: Africa

  • Desert Name: Kalahari, Namib, Sahara,

5. Continent: Australia

  • Desert Name: Gibson, Great Sandy, Great Victoria, Simpson, Tanami

6. Continent: Europe

  • Desert Name: Tabernas Desert

7. Continent: North America

  • Desert Name: Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

8. Continent: South America

  • Desert Name: Atacama, Patagonian

Important Points to remember about Important desert of the world

Desert name: Antarctic

  • Largest desert in the world
  • Largest cold desert in the world
  • Area: 1,38,29,430 square km
  • Type: polar

Desert name: Arctic desert

  • Second largest desert in the world
  • Area: 1,37,26,937 square km
  • Type: polar

Desert name: Gobi

  • Present in Asia
  • Area: 1,300,000 square km
  • Cold winter desert

Desert name: Sahara

  • Largest hot desert
  • Present in Africa
  • Subtropical desert
  • 94,00,000 square km

Desert name: Atacama

  • The Driest Desert on the Earth
  • Area: 1,40,000 square km
  • Present in Chile
  • Type: Cool Coastal

Desert name: Great Basin

  • Type: Cold Winter
  • Present in US
  • Area: 4,92,000 square km

Types of Question Can be asked in Railways, SSC & Other Competitive Exams

  1. Which is the largest desert of the world: Antarctica desert
  2. Which is the largest cold desert in the world: Antarctica desert
  3. Which is the largest hot desert of the world: Sahara desert
  4. Which is the largest desert of India: Thar desert
  5. Which is the largest driest desert of the world: Atacama desert (present in chile in south America)
  6. Which is the second largest desert of the world: Arctic desert
  7. Where is Taklamakan desert: China 
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