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Cold Desert

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Katelin Kukura

on 5 October 2012

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By: Josh Kaplan and Katelin Kukura The Cold Desert Winters: cold, high levels of snow and rainfall; usually fairly long winters. Average temp. is -50°F

Summers: Short and moist, with most rain during April and May. The average summer temp. is 40°F Climate Geography The natural resources found in the cold desert includes fish, but also many minerals such as oil, gold, copper, and coal. Natural Resources Animals Animals include penguins, which have adapted to their environment being able to swim and withstand cold weather. Another animal is the Blue Whale. they have adapted to the cold desert by being able to find food, specifically krill. Plants Soils The soil in the Cold Dessert is heavy, silty, and salty and mostly sand, ice, or rock. Plants are widely scattered around the desert. Some plants include algae, mosses, and lichens. These plants have adapted to the cold desert by getting used to the harsh, cold weather. Human Interactions and Impact Humans effect the cold desert by global warming. By using and burning fossil fuels we deplete the ozone layer which allows more light to enter the atmosphere, causing the ice in cold deserts to melt. Most people don't live in the cold desert, the population in Antarctica is only about 5,000 people. Because of the small population we aren't effecting the landscape directly. Most Cold Deserts are made of thick ice and rock. Average elevations are between 2,000 and 4,000 meters. Mountain ranges can reach up to 5,000 meters. Cold Deserts also include floating ice shelves and in Antarctica make up about 11% of the continent. Global Distribution Antarctica is the only continent without a large population. Its governed by the Antarctic Treaty, which was signed by 46 countries, this designates the entire area south of 60°S as an area for peaceful scientific research.
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