Journey in the Desert

By : Mrs. Dursts Class


The desert is very dry, it gets less than 10in. of rain per year. All year round the desert has very high temperatures. Deserts can also be very cold, the tundra is a type of desert. The desert has no humidity because of the suns hot rays. The desert can even sometimes flood. The deserts temperature may change 60 degrees between sunrise and sunset. Droughts may even occur in the desert because of the very little rain.

Animals of the Desert

Life in the desert has little rain and is very,very, hot. Animals have to adapt to the desert by finding food at night and digging burrows to stay in to stay cool. Also animals have to store food and water like camels since the desert has little rain. Animals depend on each other for food so humans shouldn't kill one animal because that sends a ripple down or up the food chain. Another way animals have had to adapt is to migrate like birds or raise body temperature to protect them from the heat of the midday sun. Humans have been affecting the desert by killing plants which cause animals to have no food or shelter. Also desert cities are growing fast. People are building stores, roads, and houses and are crowding out desert animals. People are also washing away soil and overgrowing land. People can change this though. People can start by staying on trails. Also not disturbing animals and not trampling over shelters can help.Even though animals have a harsh climate there are many animals that live in the desert.

Some desert animals include insects, spiders, deer, foxes, wolves, snakes, lizards, camels, woodpeckers, eagles, wrens, grasshoppers, owls, scorpions, coyotes, rats, rabbits, skunks, ants, and thrashers. Those are some facts about animals of the desert.

Plants of the Desert

Although you may think that the extreme weather in the desert makes it impossible for plants to survive , there are many plants in the desert. adaption is very important to plants that live in the desert. Some ways that they do this are using their leaves , roots, and stems to soak up water. Their roots spread shallow and wide to soak up as much water as posible when it rains. Some plants that live in the deseret are cactus, stone plants, welwitschia,fire thorn branches,fresh dates,century plants,and yucca. Plants are very important to the food chain in the desert.

The desert has a problem

In the desert there are many threats... Global warming is a huge threat to the desert. Global warming is an increase in the average temperature, Earths atmosphere and oceans are also increasing in their average temperature too, and a change that is believed to permanent in the climate. A sandstorm or a duststorm is another threat to the desert too. a sandstorm is a a high amount of wind occurring in sandy areas, usually in deserts, where the wind speed is able to lift the top layer of sand from the ground, and push it in every imaginable direction. What causes a dust storm is a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface which creates a dust storm.

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A solution to that is to make sure that you don't pollute. You can also stay on a trail when you go on a hike. Some other ways to keep the desert going are make more electrical cars so you don't pollute, ban hunting in deserts so that animals don't die because if an animal dies other animals will die because they don't have food, and make materials so that pollution will stop. Those are ways to save the desert.
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Where the Desert is Located

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