Our desert survivors assignment

By Tom,Bryan and Jason


Adaption is hard for many animals/plants because most of the surface area on the animal/plant has a particular feature that is only for a certain type of temperature climate.


The question is, is it good or bad to camouflage in a certain area. As all of the class have seen in one of our experiment we did as a class more than 50% of the ones that fear their predictors have survived due to camouflage. (good thing)

Equipment you need to survive in the desert

The equipment you need to survive in the desert are:



-Light weight clothing

-Sleeping bag (equipment)



-First aid kit

-Direction (compass)

-box of matches (if you don't know how to make a fire)

Leave adaption

Leaves cant adapt easily as our whole class experimented and what happen to the leaves are horrifying. The experiment we did in class was get some fresh leaves and put it in a zip lock bag for a few week without air or water. At the beginning of the experiment the leaves were all moist and had a nice green colour, they also smelt nice and fresh. After a few weeks later the leaves had no green colour, it was like a brown colour that looks disgraceful, fungus also grew on most of the leaves.

Old Man Saltbush

The old man saltbush can easily adapt because the old man saltbush has lots of stems that are multi-textured so it doesn't absorb as much heat.

The old man saltbush can camouflage easily as well due to the fact that the old man saltbush grows in a lot and covers a lot of space. Also, the colour matches with the ground which is a silvery, grey, green colour.

The surface area is that it has thin layer of fur to reflect the heat before reaching the leaf itself.

The old man saltbush grows in the in lands of Australia and in less rainfall area.

The appearance of the old man saltbush is a silvery, grey, green bush that can grow up to 2-3 metres high and 3-5 metres wide.

Fun Facts:

The Scientific Name is Atriplex nummularia

The bush is in the Chenopodiaceae family

The old man saltbush is in the category of native plant

Provides shelter and place to make a nest for birds

It attracts sleep

Superb Fairy-wren

The Superb Fairy-wren is a bird that you can find from South of the Tropic of Capricorn to Eastern Australia. The Fairy-wren have the appearance of a small bird that is blue and black on the head and light and dark brown on the body. These birds travel in groups like any other birds and share with their group.

Fun Facts:

The Scientific name is Mulurus cyaneus

Makes nest in the old man saltbush.