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Sahara Calendars
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DESERT
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Deserts of the Earth
Deserts of
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Deserts
Deserts


Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
Desert Queen:
The Extraordinary Life
of Gertrude Bell




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Freshwater Biome Poster
Desert Biomes Poster

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A desert, with its very dry environment with extreme temperatures, has limited animal and plant life. The biggest desert: Sahara (Africa); driest: Atacama (Chile) and Lut (Iran); coldest: Gobi (Asia) and the desert on the Antarctica continent.

Desert Biome Poster Text: Deserts are harsh environments found all around the world, covering about one-fifth of the planet. Characterized by low rainfall, deserts receive less than 25 centimeters of rain per year. While most are swelteringly hot, such as the Australian Desert, a few, like the Gobi Desert in Asia can get very cold. Desert temperatures might also drop at night, and can plunge below freezing during the winter season. Despite the lack of water and other extreme conditions, most deserts are home to many species of plants and animals.

Winter Cottonwoods, Art Print
Winter Cottonwoods,
Art Print

Georgia O'Keeffe


Life native to the desert is highly specialized and well-adapted to the extreme climate. Sagebrush, short grasses, creosote bushes and cacti are just a few of the plants found there. Desert plants have root and water storage systems ideal for minimizing moisture loss. Within hours of rainfall, desert plants bloom, reproduce, and store water needed for the coming drought.

The desert is home to many reptiles, insects, birds and some small mammals, such as the kangaroo mice in North America. The animals surviving in the desert have evolved perfectly to suit the climate. Most desert animals are nocturnal, sheltering themselves from the sun during the day, either in shade or burrows. A unique physical adaptation is the storage of fat in humps or tails, rather than throughout the body, as fat causes heat to intensify. The absence of sweat glands, and the concentration of urine, are other physical adaptations.



• “In the great desert of northern Arizona the traveller, threading his way across a sage-brush and cacti plain shut in by abrupt-sided shelves of land rising here and there some hundreds of feet higher, suddenly comes upon a petrified forest.” Percival Lowell, Mars as the Abode of Life (1908)

A

Antarctic
Arabian
Atacama
Australian

B-F

Bardenas Reales
Chihuahuan
Colorado Plateau
Dasht-e Kavir
Dasht-e Lut

G-J

Gobi
Great Basin
Highland of Iceland
Judean




K-L

Kalahari
Karakum
Kyzyl Kum
Libyan

M-N

Maine
Mojave
Namib
Negev
Nubian

O-R

Painted Desert
Patagonia
Rangipo




S

Sahara
San Joaquin Valley
Sinai
Sonoran
Syrian

T-Z

Tabernas
Taklamakan
Tenere
Thar


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