What is the largest desert in Asia?

The largest desert in Asia is the Gobi Desert. It spans nearly 643,000 square miles (1,700,000 km2) and covers over one-fifth of Mongolia. It also extends into China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.”

Given a large area to work with, the Gobi Desert is also extremely diverse. It ranges from bare rocks to wind-sculpted dunes. There are areas of grassland where people graze herds of sheep and goats, regions dotted with scrubby thorn trees where shepherds survive by raising camels, horses, cows, or goats.

The Gobi Desert may be the most interesting desert in Asia. It’s not a sand-dune desert like the Sahara, but incredibly weird.

The Gobi is famous for its fossil discoveries, including dinosaurs and mammals that lived between 65 million to 500 thousand years ago. All these fossils make up a huge collection at museums all over the world.

But the Gobi Desert is full of life, too.

Plants and animals live in some parts of the desert, such as the mountain forests, grasslands, and shrub lands. Ibexes climb cliffs. Eagles and owls catch rabbits and mice for food. There are a lot of little birds that feed on insects attracted to wildfires. Sometimes the desert is even a lake. In places, rain and melting snow fill ephemeral lakes that quickly evaporate in summer.

The Gobi Desert is important for people, too. It’s full of beautiful landscapes that inspire writers. And if you’re ever caught in a sandstorm, the Gobi may be your best hope for survival.

In the end, it’s a diverse desert that is interesting for scientists and people alike.

It has been said that despite its large area, the Gobi Desert is relatively unknown to the West because it is overshadowed by China’s better known and more frequented Huangshan Mountains or ‘Yellow Mountain’ region.”

 

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