Who needs water anyway? Take a look at these beautiful deserts

There is something beautiful about the desert. It is almost completely silent, with only the whistling of the wind providing any sounds. These are the places of legends and dreamers, and where only the toughest are able to flourish.

With a serene beauty, these places are unique both as biodomes and in and of themselves.

The Namib

The Namib is a beautiful, expansive desert which goes up and down the coast of Africa’s southern Atlantic shore, stretching 1,200 miles from Angola all the way to South Africa.

Meaning “the vast place” in the local Nama language, the desert is primarily sand dunes and has almost no human habitation in it whatsoever. Yet many animals have adapted to the tough, dry conditions, thriving in the heat. These animals include sidewinder snakes and a whole lot of beetles.

The coast of this desert is called the “skeleton coast” due to the fact that there are thousands of ships beached on the shores. There are no ports in this vast desert, so when trouble struck out on the open ocean, the sailors of these ships sailed straight for – and into land. They then left their ships to be taken over by the elements.

The Negev

The Negev comprises the entire southern region of Israel, taking up over 50 percent of the country. The desert has been conquered and reconquered innumerable times throughout the millennia.

Along with beautiful rock formations and incredible hiking trails, one can find ruins from the ancient Hebrews, ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks, the Romans, and many others here.

Coming from the Hebrew root word meaning “to dry out,” the Negev is actually full of natural springs and wildlife. There are also lots of people living in this desert, from Bedouin Arab nomads to people living in towns dotted all across the landscape.

The Thar

The Thar is a beautiful desert located on the border between India and Pakistan, and has some of the most magical scenery in the world. The desert is also densely populated for how dry the area is, and has a rich and storied history going back thousands of years.

In fact, this desert has played a huge role in human history, specifically in the history of people living in the desert. For instance, it turns out that camels are indigenous to the Thar desert. The people living in this area were the first in the world to domesticate the animal who then went on to sell them to various civilizations throughout the millennia.

Additionally, Roma are thought to have originated from this desert. Having split off from the Dom people during their migration out of the Thar desert approximately 1,000 years ago, the Roma now live all over the world.

The Danakil

This magnificent looking desert is located in the Afar region of northern Ethiopia and is situated on the border with Djibouti and Eritrea. This desert is actually a natural depression on the African continent which is caused by the African continental plate moving away from the Asian continental plate.

The beautiful colors seen here are the result of various hydrothermal vents depositing minerals into the soil.

One of these minerals is salt. For thousands of years salt has been worth more than its weight in gold, and the people who live in this desert – called the Afar people – have been mining salt for over 4,000 years, transporting the valuable mineral via camel to markets all over Ethiopia.

The Sonora

This desert is known for its huge saguaro cactuses as well as its rolling red hills and scrubland. Despite being a desert, snow routinely dusts this beautiful landscape which borders the Gulf of California and crosses between Arizona and Mexico.

Many people have lived and become captivated by this beautiful desert, including seventeen native American tribes, as well as being home to both Phoenix and Tucson Arizona.

Although people don’t typically use camels or see huge sand dunes in this desert, the red rock formations, as well as the greenery which arrives during the winter and spring, are definitely worth the trip!