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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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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Debating:
We women are strong but we are not interested in showing it. Instead, we waste our time on outfits and makeup. We shouldn't do this because the world is a dangerous place and we may make the wrong people look at us. We will be happy at first, but soon we will realize our mistake and grow more unfriendly. We should fight, fight till the end. There are a few things that we need to change and I think we should totally change them. We should show how brave we are. We should prove to the world that we can handle everything. We can fight. And if you don't want to, forget it because you're just a coward. Leav it to the people who want to make things better for you. I will  fight. I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I WILL DO WHATEVER I CAN. I may not be good at everything, but that doesn't mean that I can't fight.
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Pink_Cool_Girl
"Prodigy_124" wrote:This is what think about it,  yes the filter is very unfair, I got frozen ones for saying gay and gay means happy, if someone says a word a lot in chat the filter will block it and everyone else that says that word will get a warning and that's not fair. Yes some people use words that aren't accepted but words like ####### isn't allowed I get warned for that like we all know that that is and it's not a bad thing, I think this, All day it should be a kid site but ones 9 rolls around it should be a site for all the teens, all of the teens stay up during the 10 11 12 hours, yeah the teens has social media but this is a place to meet new people and have friendships, you can't do that with ####### or #########. I like this site, it's a place for everyone and everyone has friends and is accepted here but if this is a kid site then people 12+ should have their accounts locked since it is a kid site. BOOM *high fives*
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catsHalloween123
No I don't agree.....I think that the kidz world should stay kidz world and there should be something like teensworld that should be created
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Prodigy_124
This is what think about it,  yes the filter is very unfair, I got frozen ones for saying gay and gay means happy, if someone says a word a lot in chat the filter will block it and everyone else that says that word will get a warning and that's not fair. Yes some people use words that aren't accepted but words like ####### isn't allowed I get warned for that like we all know that that is and it's not a bad thing, I think this, All day it should be a kid site but ones 9 rolls around it should be a site for all the teens, all of the teens stay up during the 10 11 12 hours, yeah the teens has social media but this is a place to meet new people and have friendships, you can't do that with ####### or #########. I like this site, it's a place for everyone and everyone has friends and is accepted here but if this is a kid site then people 12+ should have their accounts locked since it is a kid site. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
Duh. Nine year olds can be on this site, but Dear Dish It has frequently covered stories on some very graphic content. This site has always tried to service different age groups, but it's just impossible to do so.  What they really need to do is have a regular site for people who have aged out. Maybe a "Kidzworld Alumni" section. 
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