Most deserts are found along 30 latitude north and 30 latitude south, (from the equator), shown in this picture.

Deserts are usually very hot during the day.


Deserts are usually very dry and don't get very much rain, even the wettest deserts get less than ten inches of rain, but when they do, it rains a lot.

Temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit are not uncommon during the day, but at night the temperatures in the same desert can fall into the 40s or 50s.


Deserts have sand dunes, as seen in this picture. Deserts may have hills, dunes, and sometimes small watering holes.


Animals in a desert must be able to survive intense heat and lack of water.

Animals that live in the desert have many adaptations, some animals don't drink, but instead get their water from seeds and plants. Many of them are nocturnal, allowing them to sleep during the day and hunt at night.


Many plants in the desert have adaptations too. The two main adaptations are the ability to store and collect water, and features that reduce water loss.

Human impact

As the temperatures are extreme in deserts, not many people live in them and have not changed or been effected by humans.