Desert Biome: What is a desert? Examples of desert

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Cold blooded animals are referred to as _____.

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Which of the following is NOT a part of the wrist bones (or carpal bones)?

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Deserts are often referred to as dry land, arid land or a land with very little water. Alongside the tropical rainforest, savanna and swamp forests, the deserts are also considered as a part of the major biomes of the world.

Please read the concept of a biome here.

Most people may have imagined all deserts to be very hot and dry. In reality, not all deserts are hot and dry. In fact, some deserts are actually cold and will remain cold throughout the year. An example of a cold desert is the Antarctica.

Please read on the tropical rainforest and its characteristics here.

The desert environment is often characterized by very hot temperatures (at summer) and cold temperatures (at winter); with little or no annual (yearly) rainfall. In most cases, its annual rainfall is always lesser that 25 centimeters. In fact, the rate at which evaporation occurs in a desert exceeds its annual rainfall.

You can read on swamp forests here.

Note: An environment is defined as all external factors, internal factors, living factors and non-living factors that affect an organism. For instance, the soil, heat, air, water, plants and animals present in a desert constitutes the desert environment.

The living factors in an environment are referred to as the biotic factors or biotic components while the non living factors are referred to as the abiotic factors or components.

Please read more on the components of an ecosystem here.

Below is an image of a desert environment. Notice a scarcity of biotic components on the desert ecosystem. This is a result of its extreme temperatures.

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Certain plants live and survive in the desert. These are termed xerophytes. Xerophytes have got adaptive features that enables them to survive on soils that lack water. Pineapple and cactus plant are examples of xerophyte.

Please read on the differences between plants and crops here.

Meanwhile, understand that animals and plants have adaptive features that enables them to survive in the desert. Examples of desert animals include insects, snakes, camel and donkeys.

Deserts are found on each of earth's continent. They cover about one fifth of the earth's lithosphere and will often stretch from one country into another.

Please read on the types of desert and their characteristics here.

Below are examples of deserts, the countries where they are present and their respective continent:

  • Sahara Desert - (World's largest hottest desert located in North Africa) Africa
  • Namib Desert - (Namibia and Angola) Africa
  • Great Sandy Desert - Australia
  • Great Australian Desert - Australia
  • Kahalari Desert - (Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) Africa
  • Gobi Desert - (Mongolia and China) Asia
  • Chihuahua Desert - (Mexico and USA) North America
  • Sonoran Desert - (USA) North America
  • Mojave Desert - (USA) North America
  • Great Basin Desert - (USA) North America
  • Thar Desert - (India and Pakistan) Asia
  • Arabian Desert - Saudi Arabia
  • Atacama Desert - (Chile) South America
  • Patagonia Desert - (Argentina) South America

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  4. Irritability or Sensitivity

  5. Growth

  6. Excretion

  7. Reproduction

  8. Death

  9. Adaptation

  10. Competition

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