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Biomes of the World - The Desert

June 5,  was World Environment Day, and that year's theme was Deserts and Desertification: Don't Desert Drylands! In honor of this day, check out why the world's deserts are such an important part of our earth!

The Desert - What Makes This Biome Unique?

Deserts are areas that have hardly any rain, are extremely dry and are usually very hot. Animals and plants have adapted to the harsh environment so they can survive the extreme conditions. There are four types of deserts in the world. Read on to find out what they are!

The Desert - Hot and Dry Regions

North America has four major hot and dry deserts: Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave and the Great Basin. The soil is coarse and rocky (like gravel) and drains well, which means the soil is very dry. The finer sand and dust is blown away so only heavier rocks and dirt are left behind. The plants found here are all small, thick shrubs and short trees. Temperatures in a hot and dry desert average about 20-25 degrees Celsius, but can reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius! The largest desert in the world is a hot and dry desert called the Sahara. The Sahara covers most of the northern African continent.

The Desert - Semiarid Regions

Major semiarid deserts include the sagebrush regions of Utah, Montana. There are also semiarid deserts in Greenland, Russia, Europe and northern Asia. The soil is sandy and fine but also has loose pieces of rock and it can be gravelly. There isn't a lot of water, however, there are lots of spiny plants that provide shade.

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What's the Best Name for a Desert? Vote!

  • Death Valley - very fitting.
  • Great Sandy Desert - it's all in the name.
  • Painted Desert - guaranteed to be on someone's living room wall.
  • Black Rock Desert - sounds like a dessert, instead of a desert.

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"boredlol" wrote: First there will be the Rapture. Then the ########## will sign a seven year treaty with Israel. When the ########## signs the treaty, the start of the Tribulation will commence. Then will begin the judgments. When three and a half years pass, the great Tribulation will start. After three and a half more years, the Lord will descend from the heavens. The earth will be destroyed and and new, perfect world will be created by the Lord. You can read about this in the book of Revelation. A really interesting book series I read is based on this. It's called Left Behind. There is Left Behind the kids and Left Behind (adults). Left Behind the kids is the story of four teenagers. Left Behind is the story of adults. I read the whole fifty book kids series twice. I'm in the middle of reading the sixteen book adult series. The kids series is more for teens and teens. As for the adult series, twe######d teens can probably read it, but you can decide. The adult series is more graphic, but still good nonetheless. Sorry for doing this super long post. Bye! Ohhhh I love that series! Anyways,  I should say this is how I imagined the Apocalypse, the End of Days, Armeggedon.
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