Breathtaking Desert Photos Don't Show How Thirsty it is (Slideshow)

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The desert is an inescapably beautiful place. The extreme temperatures, sandy dunes, and expansive landscape is at once primal and otherworldly. A trip into one of the world's great deserts, even if only for a short time, is the adventure of a lifetime.

Yet, for many people around the world, the desert is an ominous, growing force. Driven by human action, deserts are expanding—swallowing farms and towns along the way. Forecasts predict more than a third of the world's landmass is threatened by desertification.

Breathtaking Desert Photos Don't Show How Hungry it is (Slideshow)

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