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Transcript of Cold Desert
The cold desert is one of the roughest habitats in the world but that's what makes it unique.
Unlike the hot desert, snow falls in the cold desert. The snow makes it great for skiing, sledding, building a snowman, and other fun activites.The temperatures are also severe.
In this biome, the temperature reaches up to -50 degrees Celsius (or 58 F°)
It's covered with snow and ice.
This is a picture of Ladakh (highest area in India). It's the perfect mountain to hike. As long at you have a sweater on fire!The temperature in the winter is always below freezing and is normally around 20-10 C° with heavy snowfall and barely any rainfall.
Penguins and seals can be found in most cold deserts, such as Antarctica. Their existence is important for several animals such as the whale. Without the penguins (Adelie, Emperor, Chinstap, and Rockhopper Penguins) and seals (Crabeater, Antarctic Fur, and Ross Seal) animals such as killer whales would have less prey. Blue whales can also be found since they tend to be in cold areas but are endangered. It eats about 4 tons of krill each day during the feeding season (lasts 6 months). Krill is an important specie that lives in the oceans. Several other animals feed off them. If you're planning on swimming, make sure you bring a lifesaver!
Plants in the cold desert must be very adapted to the extreme temperatures and factors of the cold in order to survive.
Some cold deserts have a summertime, but is very short. Sometimes wildflowers are able to grow, but only for this short period. Catch a picture there while it lasts.
In the arctic, you can find mosses, grasses, lichen, and herbs. You may also find purple saxifrage, mountain avens, wild crocus, arctic poppies, buttercups, cinquefoil, moss campion, campanulas, arctic azaleas and arctic lupine. Some plants can be poisonous; don't forget some ointment.
Sunlight, temperature, water, atmospheric gases, winds
Due to the low plant life, animals stay near the shore relying on the game in the ocean. Penguins consume food such as: octopus, krill, shrimp, and fish.
Community and Population
Weddell Seal - an animal with lots of fur found in a cold desert, Antarctica
Leopard Seal - has leopard prints on its fur, loves to eat Adelie Penguin by jumping on the ice quick and grabbing it, and is very threatening. It's also found in the water.
Any of the world's major ecosystems, often classified according to the predominant vegetation and characterized by adaptions of organisms to that particular environment.
The snow is great for white birds such as: the Antarctic Snag, Black-browed Albatross, or Wandering Albatross to blend in with.
All the organisms in a given area as well as the abiotic factors with which they interact; one or more communities and the physical environment around them.
All the organisms that inhabit a particular area; an assemblage of populations of different species living close enough together for potential interaction.
A localized group of individuals the same species that can interbreed, producting fertile offspring.
a form of life composed of mutually interdependent parts that maintain various vital processes.
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The snowy tops of high mountains can't provide life for organisms. Birds and bug may sometimes, but there's low support for plants to live. Without plants, animals don't have food.
The ocean contains a majority of the liveliness.