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Desert

Desert, an arid region with little or no vegetation. The word comes from a Latin word meaning abandoned or forsaken, signifying lack of human habitation.

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The Sahara Desert

Sahara, the vast desert of northern Africa, and the world's largest arid region. It occupies much of the broad northern half of Africa and covers some 3,500,000 square miles (9,000,000 km2), an area only slightly less than that of the United States.