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Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by Ahren on 4 June 2005 11:30pm
Ive always thought that the hottest and dryest desert in the world was the Sahara. But in a Full Circle episode where he's in Chile, Michael said that there are parts of the Atacama desert where rain has never fallen. Doesnt that qualify as dry?!
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by Wild in Africa on 6 June 2005 11:13am
There is always a tendency to claim your corner of the world the best/worst/most extreme etc out of a sense of pride etc. So it is with deserts. The Atacama is generally known as the driest desert in the world, although not I think the hottest. There are various contendors for that title including the Danakil in northen Ethiopia/Eritrea which is 300 ft below sea level and has temperatures up to 60 deg C. I know I've been there and although can not say conclusively it IS the hottest it certainly ranks up there.
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by JF on 6 June 2005 1:00pm
If the definition of desert encompasses places that are hot and devoid of water then I vote for almost anywhere on the Northern Line druing the rush hour.
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by Ahren on 6 June 2005 10:54pm
60 deg?!!!! WOAH!!
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by Godfather on 7 June 2005 10:45am

I've always thought it was a tie between the Takalamakan desert in North East China, and the Atacama desert.
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by Wild in Africa on 7 June 2005 11:01am
Welcome back Godfather! Where have you been? (in the Atacama or Taklamakan?)
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by sjcairns on 9 June 2005 3:10pm
I know that it's probably neither the hottest (around 45-50 deg during the height of summer) nor the driest, but this thread reminds me of 6 months that I spent in Arizona on business (Tempe, outside Phoenix). A good cure for the burning dry heat was three quadruple frozen margheritas by the hotel pool with friends during happy hour. I found that four seemed to cause memory loss ...
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by Wild in Africa on 9 June 2005 3:56pm
Sadly many of the countries in which the hottest and driest deserts exist are also those in which local law and custom forbids alcohol. Many is the time that I have come back from a day's work gasping for an ice cold beer to instead have to settle for a Pepsi or something as equally nauseous and unsatisfying.
Either that or they have been so remote that we have not had electricity so although there may have been a beer at hand it was more than likely lukewarm.
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by onaught on 13 June 2005 11:41am
drove through death valley a few years ago,
that was hot
the wind, just like standing in front of a giant hairdryer.....

great spot
Re: Hottest/ Dryest desert?!! by Spursfan on 13 June 2005 12:31pm
What time of year did you drive it? We drove through Death Valley a couple of years ago at the end of March and it wasn't TOO bad then! Stunning scenery.

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