Deserts cover 1/3 of the earth’s land surface area. There are four distinct types of deserts on earth. Subtropical deserts - very hot and dry in the summer and cooler but still dry in the winter. Coastal deserts - cool to warm areas with long, warm summers and cool winters. Semi-arid deserts - long, dry summers and cold winters with low rain or snowfall. Cold deserts - very dry and cold year-round Drone pilots from around the world have long been attracted to the barren beauty and mystery of deserts.