1. The Sahara is the largest desert in the world.
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If you ask a person which desert is the largest, they’ll probably answer, “The Sahara!” If they say this, they’ll actually be making a mistake. When we think about a desert, we usually imagine a lifeless, extremely hot area with incredible amounts of sand. But a desert is a landscape that receives very little precipitation. In this case, Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.
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