Semi Arid Desert

The semi arid desert biome By, Caitlin Gordon

Location Of Semi Arid Deserts

Semi Arid desert is identified as having very little amounts of water. It is very dry and hot.


The most well know deserts are the Sahara desert located in North Africa. The Namib desert located in South Africa. The Gobi desert located in Mongolia. The Atacama desert located in South West Africa. And finally the Thar desert located in North West India.


As you can see in the image to the right, most of the hot and dry deserts are located near and on the equator.

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Adaption And Evolution

Adaption is a process where and organism, whether it be an animal, plants, or virus, develops new ways to better cope with their surroundings for a better chance of survival.


Evolution is established after many generations. It begins with a mutation and if said mutation is beneficial, then that mutated gene will be passed on while also gaining new mutations that could also be beneficial until you end up with an organism that is different from its original, non-mutated form.

Examples Of Adaption And Evolution In The Desert

Other Evolved Animals

Desert animals

Vegetation In The Desert

Since the desert has such a limited amount of water, it is incapable of growing the same plants one would see in a forest or in the woods. Yet, this does not mean vegetation does not grow there.

Examples Of Vegetation In The Desert

Weather Patterns In The Desert

Unlike other deserts, semi arid deserts are not always scorching hot or freezing cold. The average temperature during the day in a semi arid desert is around 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. And the average temperature at night falls around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.


The yearly average amount of rain fall is only about 2-4 centimeters.


The weather for semi arid deserts are so limited because these deserts are located closer to the equator which leaves them closest to the sun for most the time which prevents rain clouds from forming due to the heat.

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