A desert is a vast mass of arid land with harsh weather and hostile living conditions for plant and animal life. And thus, only minor or no vegetation is possible.
Antarctica with an area of 14,000,000 km² is the largest desert in the world. It is a cold desert and 98% of its surface is covered by ice. It is located on the South pole of the Earth.
Sahara with an area of 9,200,000 km² is the largest hot desert in the world. It is located in Africa, and extends to ten countries: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.
The Arabian Desert is located in Western Asia. Its area is 2,330,000 km² and it extends to eight countries: Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Gobi Desert is located in China and Mongolia. Its area is 1,300,000 km².
Atacama Desert is located in Chile. The location of atacama desert between the two mountain ranges: Andes and Chilean Coast Range makes it the driest desert in the world. Its area is 105,000 km².