By: Mike Jachowicz & Trevor Maddaus
Desert Scrub: General
- Bear Grass
- Small mammals
Animals in the Desert Scrub are generally small and colors are light to reflect sunlight and protect against the heat. Many animals are nocturnal as the temperatures decrease drastically in the night. It could be anywhere above 100 degrees during the day to as cold as 20-30 degrees during the night time. There are also physiological adaptations such as salt glands that keep the salt levels high without losing fluids and the lack of sweat glands to also protect from losing valuable fluids.
Five Themes: Chihuahuan Desert
Place: Mainly basins with some very small mountain ranges present. Hot and humid although mild summers are quite common in this particular desert. Many types of species of plants and animals with the most common plant being the Creosote Bush.
Human/Environment Interaction: This area has received very little study and exploration and therefor hardly impacted by human interactions.
Movement: Although this is a desert and relatively uninhabited by humans, there are small villages and roads present which allow for cars and other vehicles to travel through the area.
Regions: Southwestern United States, Northern Mexico