Image: Bickel Camp

Deserts such as the Gobi, the Sahara and the Namib conjure up images of endless expanses of nothingness, perhaps enlivened by the occasional camel train. But, surprisingly, they can yield items of high value. People who have been either incredibly lucky or who know just where to look have turned up objects of great worth more times than you might expect.

Image: Andrzej Kryszpiniuk

Some of the things found in the barren wastes are truly unexpected. A shipwreck, an entire fleet of fighter jets and thousands of buried video games are amongst the more perplexing things that have come to light. Which just goes to show that deserts can offer much more than just an unlimited supply of sand.

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