“Attention all adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone who’s ever daydreamed about riding a camel through the sands of the Sahara! The time has come to explore the wild and wonderful world of deserts. Now, before you start thinking this is going to be a boring geography lesson, let me assure you we’re not talking about just any deserts, we’re talking about the deserts that are home to the most bizarre, hilarious, and sometimes even dangerous creatures and phenomena. From the driest to the hottest places on earth, we’re going to explore the funnier side of deserts. So, grab a canteen, and put on your sunscreen. Let’s embark on a journey through the desert.
Surprising Facts about Desert
1. One-third of our planet’s land surface is partially or totally desert. Now that’s a whole lotta sand to build a sandcastle empire!
2. And the biggest desert of them all is none other than the tundra of Antarctica. Mother nature is so amazing that she made the coldest place on earth would also the largest desert.
3. The word “desert” comes from the Latin “desert,” which means “an abandoned place.”
4. And boy, some deserts are so abandoned that Google hired a camel to create the Street View of a desert.
5. It might be hard to believe, But it snowed in the Sahara Desert in 1979!
Shocking Facts about Desert
6. There were once camels roaming in the deserts of Arizona.
7. And if you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, The Lut Desert in Iran is the hottest-place on our planet. I heard they use the sand to make popcorn.
8. Due to climate change and practices such as forest clear-cutting, about 46,000 square miles of arable land turn to desert every year.
9. The UN says that desertification threatens the livelihoods of more than 1 billion people in 110 countries.
10. It never rained parts of Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest place on the planet. Despite that, More than 1 million people live in the Atacama desert, extracting water from aquifers and snowmelt streams and raising llamas and alpacas.
Interesting Facts about Desert
11. There is a secret swimming pool in the Mojave Desert that anyone who finds it can use. It’s like an oasis in the middle of nowhere.
12. In six hours, the world’s deserts receive more energy from the sun than humans consume in a year. A reminder of the power of nature.
13. The world record for crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle was set in 2011 by a British man who made the 1,084-mile journey in 13 days and 5 hours. Talk about determination.
14. The Tree of Tenere was considered the most isolated tree on Earth, being the only one for 250 miles in the Sahara Desert, until a drunk driver hit it in 1973. A tragic end for a lonely tree.
15. “Sahara” means “desert” in Arabic.
But did you know that only about 15% of the Sahara Desert is covered in sand?
That’s it for this post guys, I hope you had fun while reading 15 Interesting Desert facts that you should know.