When looking at world maps it is often easy to notice the Sahara and think that it is the largest desert in the world. It is after all extremely large and arid. But what if you found out that the Sahara isn’t the largest desert in the world? To be even more precise, it’s not even the second largest desert in the world. I bet you’d be surprised and probably in denial. But it’s true, and we will try to explain.
Growing up in school my geography teacher always told us that the Sahara was the biggest. He told us it was so big in fact that it’s larger than Australia, which itself is occupied by a large portion or arid country. But I never checked for myself. Instead I took his word as gospel. How wrong he was.