Contrary to what you probably know, a desert is not just a stretch of dry, barren land. As it turns out, there are some deserts out there with extraordinary features. Here are some of them.
Painted Desert (Arizona)
This desert is a sight to behold for its splash of colors. Here you’ll find colorful mounds of sedimentary rocks, with layers of shades of gray, orange, and red. The sparse vegetation also add a touch of color to the entire scenery.
White Sands (New Mexico)
You’d feel like you’re in winter wonderland in this desert that’s glisteningly white. Touted as the world’s largest gypsum desert, it features amazing sand dunes and immaculate white sands that are cool to the touch.
Desert with Lagoons (Brazil)
Who knew it would be possible for a desert to have numerous pockets of water? This one in Brazil is extraordinary for its blue lagoons which were formed due to accumulated raindrops on the white dunes. Some fishes, turtles and clams live here.
Desert with Snow (Taklamakan, China)
You’ll enjoy the combination of white and creamy brown shades in this desert. Considered one of the largest sandy deserts in the world, this desert was entirely covered with snow when China was hit with the biggest snowfall that lasted 11 days.
Black Desert (Egypt)
Offering a somewhat scary sight, this desert is filled with volcano-shaped mountains with small black stones. You can climb the small peaks and enjoy better views of the desert.
Driest Desert (Atacama, Chile)
Reported by NASA as the driest desert in the world, this one is made up of salt basins, lava flows and sand. It only receives an average of one millimeter per year.
Which of these would you like to see in person? Why?