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Desert Home: By Richard W. , Kylie H. , and Mounir J.
Many think that the desert is a harsh, uninhabitable place. However, that is not true. It is home to many flora and fauna, and covers a decent amount of the world. There are two different kinds of desert. They are actually very far apart in terms of climate. One is very hot and sandy, while the other is extremely cold and rocky. In the desert, the climate is extreme. During the day, the blaring sun is awful. During the night, the cold gusts are deadly. That is why many people assume that the desert is harsh and dangerous. The desert has on average less than 25 cm of rain each year. Some years the desert does not have any rain at all. Still, the desert is an amazing place.
Deserts of the World:
There are many places on Earth that are desert. In North America, some of the most famous include Death Valley in Arizona, the Sonoran Desert in the Northern part of Arizona, and the Southern part of California, and lastly is the Mojave Desert lying between the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts. These deserts include a large variety of plants like the Saguaro Cactus. The arid Death Valley holds the highest North American temperature of 134 degrees F. There are 22 deserts located on Earth. The largest is the Sahara Desert located in Northern Africa. Deserts farther away from the equator tend to be less arid (semi-arid).
Most deserts are hot,dry, and arid. The temperatures usually range from 105 to 110 degrees F. Extremely arid deserts almost never get rain. Other less extreme deserts could get about 17 inches. Yearly average though is about 25 centimeters. Droughts are also very common among deserts which is why plant life is scarce. Only plants that can live long without water and that have roots that can dig deep into the hard rock soil can live in this hazardous biome. Fun Fact: The Atacama Desert in Chile holds the world's longest drought of 400 years!
Camels are one of the animals that can live in this dry, arid land. Why? Well, camels as most know, have humps on their back. These humps store water for the camel for long periods of time, therefore, when the camel is thirsty, it simply takes a small amount of water from its "storage" area!!!
All five kingdoms are represented in the desert. (Animal, Plant, Fungi, Protist, and Bacteria) Animals and Plants were easy to find for the desert. The real challenge was finding Protists, Bacteria, and Fungi. There is a very minimal amount of those kindoms in the desert. (obviously making it difficult to find them!)
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