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Come to the Desert
Transcript of Come to the Desert
www.desertusa.com Where it is located: Come to the Desert Hot and dry deserts are usually located in the tropics, in the lower latitudes.
Deserts make up about 1/5 of the Earths surface.
Cold deserts are usually found near the arctic.
In the desert there is both competition and cooperation among the different species that live there. The different plants and animals all compete for the limited water and many animals like lizards and scorpions compete for the insects of the desert for food.
An example of cooperation in the desert is the desert willow. For it to survive, it must be pollinated by bees in the desert. Other Information: Hot and dry deserts have many abiotic factors that affect them. The strong, direct sunlight causes water to evaporate quickly. There is little precipitation there, but the wildlife there still depends on the little water that they have. Hot and dry deserts also have coarse, gravely soil.
Cold deserts have more water than hot deserts. They have quite a bit of snow in the winter and a little rain in the summer. Theses deserts have cold winters and warm summers and the soil there is heavy and salty. Weather Report: Hot and Dry Deserts Popular Attractions: There are many options for recreational activities in hot and dry deserts. In many deserts you can ride camels. Some deserts, like Atacama desert, are known for their amazing stargazing. You can also go hiking. There are many fun and exciting things to do in the desert!
People come from all over to see the amazing wildlife and the peaceful surroundings of the desert. The desert is known to have a calm environment and there are many interesting animals that you can see when you go to the desert.
When you visit the desert biome, you can also go to other biomes that are near by like grasslands and tropical forests for a side trip. Both grasslands and tropical forests are very interesting. Warnings: There are many threats to the desert biome. Global warming has been drying up the little bits of water that they have in the desert. Oil and gas production interferes with the many ecosystems of the desert and the wildlife that live there.
Endangered animals of the desert include the desert tortoise that lives in the Mojave desert, desert bighorn sheep, and the fennec fox.
There isn't to much fear of climate change for the desert. The climate has stayed pretty consistent over the years. Even so, scientists have predicted that global warming might cause deserts to grow. This might be a problem. The desert already covers about 1/5 of the earth. Who knows what will happen if it starts to expand? Sources: Animal and Plant Adaptations: In the hot and dry deserts, native plants like prickly pears, turpentine bush, and brittle bush have had to adapt to the hot weather and they have to be able to store water for long periods of time.
Camels thorn and shadscale are two examples of cold desert plants. Many plants in cold deserts are deciduous.
Hot and dry deserts have many animals like kangaroo rats, camels, burrowers, horned vipers, and mourning wheatears. Many animals in these deserts stay hidden during the day to protect themselves from the hot sun.
Cold deserts are home to many animals like jack rabbits, pocket mice, and grasshopper mice. The smaller animals like mice usually burrow to avoid the cold weather. Other animals grow thick fur coats to keep themselves warm. Cold Deserts Average Temperature:
about 20-25 degrees Celsius
(max temperature: 47.5-49 degrees Celsius)
about 15 cm per year Average Temperature:
winter: -2-4 degrees Celsius
summer: 21-26 degrees Celsius
about 15-26cm per year If you go to a hot and dry desert, you should bring loose, cool clothing and extra drinking water. Sunglasses would also be helpful on your trip.
When you go to cold deserts, you heavier, warmer clothes for the winter and lighter clothes for the summer. Why is this biome globally important? We need deserts just like we need any other biome: to work and connect with each other to keep a balance in the different ecosystems on earth. It is important to preserve all types of biomes so we can protect the different species of plants and animals that live there. What happens in the desert can affect another biome somewhere else; they all rely on each other. By Caroline Judd and Jacob Weaver