places where it hardly ever rains, plants have a difficult time
surviving, the hot sun scorches the earth, and winds which are
very strong whip the sand and dust from the ground.
just isn't an area of sand. It is so much more as you will learn. The desert is a unique habitat filled
plant life and a wide variety of animal life.
If you thought in color, you just might imagine the desert in
blacks, grays and greens. But as you will learn, you will have
to now rethink in some of the most beautiful colors that you
will ever see.
Most of the
plants and animals had to adapt to the harness of the desert
environment. There are strong winds, extreme temperatures, and
of course a lack of water. During the daytime there
are few clouds to shade the hot sun. Temperatures can
reach 100 degrees F. At night the temperatures plunge
downward and make this an exceptionally cold environment.
All of this warming and cooling cracks the rocks and turns them
into smaller rocks and sand. The strong winds and rains
cause erosion. The sand mounds up and turns into sand
desert life, rains falls in the amount of 10 inches or less each
year. This doesn't sound like much, but that is all that
is needed to safe the plants in the desert. When it does
rain, it rains hard. The soil is so dry that it cannot
absorb the water. Flash flooding is common, and the rest
evaporates easily in the hot sun.
Take a deep
look at the desert. It is definitely a mysterious and
deserts are found throughout the world, we will only focus on
the deserts that are in North American. I will supply
links to other deserts around the world, and pictures.