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I have been running around on my Java 1.16.4 world, and I have explored every chunk around the spawn in a 5000 blocks radius, but I have not found any desert. Is it possible that a minecraft world is generated with deserts further from spawn? Should I keep exploring or is there a problem with my world?

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  • There are no know problems with deserts. You could use a software like Chunkbase to find the nearest one. Otherwise, keep exploring! – valkyrie_pilot Jan 15 at 2:45
  • @valkyrie_pilot That's an answer, not a comment. – pppery Jan 15 at 3:24
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It's entirely possible - the biome map is generated with accordance with temperature map, which often spawns very large distances. You may see thousands of blocks of taiga, snow plains, ice spikes, frozen ocean, extreme hills, snowy taiga, mountains, giant tree taiga, with occasional birch forest, and not a sniff of a desert, a jungle, a mesa or anything like that, because the whole expanse is determined 'cold' and only generates cold biomes. It's very rare to see a cold biome neighbor a warm biome. Or you can travel for thousands of blocks and never see a splotch of snow outside tips of mountains.

2000 blocks isn't much. Scout further, exploring mostly to warmer biomes - savanna, mesa, jungle, swamp, plains, regular (mixed/oak) forests.

This is a map of a server, nothing very special about the seed choice. The area is about 10,000 x 10,000. Observe the upper-right quadrant of the map. That's a 5000x5000 area without a single desert. Lower left also has hardly any. Upper left - savannas, deserts, mesa, and just a splotch of snow in the far corner.

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There are no know problems with deserts. You could use a software like Chunkbase to find the nearest one. Otherwise, keep exploring!

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