World Geography

Which one of the following is the driest desert of the world?

  1. Atacama
  2. Gobi
  3. Sahara
  4. Kalahari

Answer

The Atacama Desert is a plateau in South America, covering a 1000 km strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. It is the driest desert in the world, as well as the only true desert to receive less precipitation than the polar deserts.

Atacama is driest desert not the driest place in world. The driest place on Earth is in Antarctica in an area called the Dry Valleys, which have seen no rain for nearly 2 million years. There is absolutely no precipitation in this region and it makes up a 4800 square km region of almost no water, ice or snow. 

The correct option is A.