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Deserts cover more than one fifth of the Earth's land, and they are found on every continent. Deserts can be classified as "hot" or "cold". Deserts receive less than 10 inches of precipitation a year. Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals, plants and people.
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Deserts are found across our planet along two fringes parallel to the equator at 25–35° latitude in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Deserts are arid or dry regions and receive less than 10 inches of rain per year. Biologically, they contain plants and animals adapted for survival in arid environments. Physically they are large areas with a lot of bare soil and low vegetation cover. The world’s deserts occupy almost one-quarter of the earth’s land surface, which is approximately 20.9 million square miles.

Succulent, plants way to adapt

Succulent plants store water in fleshy leaves, stems or roots in compounds or cells from which it is not easily lost. All cacti are succulents, as are such non-cactus desert dwellers as agaves, aloes, elephant trees and many euphorbias. Several other adaptations are essential for the water-storing habit to be effective.

Plant adaptations

Cactus, xerophytic adaptations of the rose family, are among the most drought-resistant plants on the planet due to their absence of leaves, shallow root systems, ability to store water in their stems, spines for shade and waxy skin to seal in moisture.

Plant reproduction

To ensure survival, some desert plants reproduce asexually as well as sexually. The palo verde (Arizona's state tree) and the aspen both sprout offspring from points on their roots. Agaves produce numerous offspring, spreading by means of underground rhizomes. Mother-of-Millions, a species of kalanchoe, is characteristic of plants that produce aerial plantlets--the "millions" of the common name. In all cases of asexual reproduction, the offspring plants are identical to the parents.