Salt, stars and survival in Chile's otherworldly Atacama Desert

Dotted with ruins and tattooed with petroglyphs, the moonscapes of Chile’s Atacama Desert also hold a repository of stories. Hike into mineral-coated canyons and camp under brilliant night skies to see how this arid landscape offers a gateway to the past.
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Ridges, ripples and vast swathes of sand: how to discover Oman’s deserts

Some of the world’s most extreme expanses of desert are found within Oman’s borders, sprawling from horizon to horizon. From quad biking to birdwatching, here are five ways to make the most of the sand.

In pictures: the nomadic way of life in Oman’s deserts

With temperatures reaching 51C in the summer, conditions in the deserts of Oman are tough. Amazingly though, life out here has learnt not only to survive, but to thrive.

Experiencing another kind of life in the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert stretches across Chile in a staggering diversity of discrete landscapes — the fabled craggy contours of the Andes; simmering volcanoes; vast salt flats; and verdant oases. While it can be a challenging place to call home, it is a playground of adventure for intrepid visitors.

Tunisia: Into the desert

“You look at the sun, where we crossed the military road, the fort, the well, the big dunes, and you just know. Besides I’ve done this trip from Douz 20 times. I could do it with my eyes closed.” Crossing 100km of the Sahara’s Grand Erg Oriental on foot appeared a worthy challenge for pallid Europeans but for Boubakar, the art of desert navigation held no mystery

California cool: Sounds of the desert

Just a two-hour drive from LA lies Pioneertown, a desert town with an attraction equally as otherworldly as the landscape surrounding it.
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Shariqiya Sands: A desert wilderness

These seemingly never-ending dunes roll and pitch like the waves on a white ocean. Home to Bedouins, camels and very little else, they're the perfect place to simply be
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This Grasshopper Mouse Hunts Scorpions, Howls at Moon

"In the middle of the Sonoran Desert, this mother grasshopper mouse tends to her pups. While tiny and adorable, don't be mistaken. This is not your common house mouse. From the day they are born, these mice are natural killers. Insects, lizards, scorpions, and even, other mice, are all on the menu. This mouse is distinguished from most other rodents in its reliance on a meat-based diet. It regularly takes on prey as large, or larger, than itself. Making the grasshopper mouse even more of a stand out is its immunity to scorpion venom. Not only can it withstand the typically, deadly stings, its body has adapted to convert the toxins into a pain killer. Before it enjoys another fresh kill, the mouse proclaims its territory, by howling. The mouse throws its head back and lets out a high-pitched cry, into the night sky. Giving it the nickname of werewolf mouse."
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Explore the Twisting Desert Landscapes of the American Southwest

See Horseshoe Bend, a dramatic curve of the Colorado River, that has become a popular stop along the highway north of the Grand Canyon and there's limited facilities planned for visitors in 2018 including a viewing platform.
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Gaze Inside Turkmenistan's Fiery "Door to Hell"

See this fiery crater that opened up in the the desert of northern Turkmenistan more than four decades ago and is commonly known as the Door to Hell.

Top 5: Desert festivals

Winter blues? Fear not: there's plenty of desert decadence to melt them away — these festivals amid the sand dunes feature everything from yoga at sunset to camel racing

Family fun in Dubai: Discover traditions in the desert

Take to the desert and enjoy breakfast in a Bedouin camp.

Australia: The Stuart Highway

The cafe looks like a good bet for a rumbling stomach, but bad news is in store. "We don't serve food, mate."

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