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The natural vegetation of a hot desert climate

Third year geography

David Flynn

on 11 October 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli What is natrual vegetation? Natural vegetation in a hot desert climate Natural vegetation is plant life that has not been influenced by humans Only plants that have adapted to these conditions can survive. There is very little plant life in a desert due to lack of water. 1. find water underground
2. store water
3. survive the heat of the sun These plants must be able to do 3 things in order to survive Very well adapted to survive in deserts... Cacti This plant has tap roots that reach 30 metres into the ground to look for water. The mesquite bush Why?? Desert plants tend to only bloom at night. They are spongy on the inside
so they can store water. They have waxy skin to hold in water and
protect them from the sun. They have grooves so the plant can swell
when it does rain. Blooming at night avoids the drying effects of the sun
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