Desert Biome

Riley, Kelsey, Brock, Josh

DESERT IS FLAT AND AS THE NAME SAYS,SANDY

Location

Great Sandy Desert of Australia


The second largest Australian desert, after the Great Victoria Desert, is the Great Sandy Desert. As with our other deserts different sources of information will give you different sizes for it. Let's trust the Australian Department of Environment and Heritage and say it covers about 284,993 km2 (110,038 miles2).


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SECOND BIGGEST DESERT

Climate

You guessed it, the climate is pretty dry... But for a desert the Great Sandy Desert receives a surprising amount of rain. Especially the northern parts are affected by the monsoon and see a good amount of thunderstorms during the wet season in Australia's tropical north (Nov - April).

The average yearly rainfall is about 250 mm for most areas, higher (300 mm and more) in the northern regions. But the huge evaporation rate means you still look at a desert.


3.2 DEGREES to EVEN A HIGH OF 120 DEGREES!

MADE UP OF DUNES AND ERGS

Enviroment

The Great Sandy Desert is very flat, which is all the more noticeable next to the rocky ranges and hills in the Kimberley or Pilbara.

It is also, as the name says, sandy. In the Great Sandy Desert you can actually find what many people expect from a desert: sand dunes. Tall red sand dunes in parallel rows cover miles and miles of this desert.


Plant: barrel cactus, soaptree yucca, desert iron wood, hedgehog cactus, and also a jumping cholla.


Animals: roadrunner, ostrich, meerket, caracal, and a texas horn.

WINTER CAN BE VERY COLD, BUT NO CLOUD COVER