2What Is a Desert?A desert is a region of land that is extremely dry and sandy due to the lack of rainfall.Only plants and animals that are very well adapted to the dry climate survive here.
3Desert PlantsSome plants that are commonly found in the desert are the barrel cactus, the creosote bush, and the yucca.Most of these plants get water by absorbing it through their long roots, or from the air. Then they store it within their leaves or stems.Barrel CactusYuccaCreosote Bush
5Desert AnimalsA few animals that are located in the desert are the yellow scorpion, the gila monster, and the rattlesnake.Most of these animals prey on smaller animals, such as mice. There are also herbivores in the desert.Gila MonsterScorpion
6Landforms in The Desert The desert is mostly covered by sand, but there are other structures located in the desert as well, such as mesas (flat topped hills), playas (dry lake beds) and arroyos (dried streams that may create small canyons in the desert).PlayaMesa
7How Much Rain Falls in The Desert? The desert receives less than 10 inches of rain each year.Here is a chart that displays the amount of rain in the desert compared to other biomes
8How Much of the Earth’s Surface is Covered By Desert? 33%, or one third of the world is desert.Shown in the background, deserts are very vast and cover up a lot of the world that is not covered by the ocean.Fun Fact: Antarctica is a desert
9What is an Oasis?An oasis (plural oases) is an area of vegetation that is usually surrounding a spring or body of water. These oases also provide a habitat for animals.Oasis
10What is a Sandstorm and How Do They Form? A sandstorm is a storm of winds that blows around large clouds of sand.Sandstorms form when winds pick up loosely held together particles and cause them to repeatedly strike the ground and break up other particles.Sandstorm approaches city
11Death ValleyDeath Valley is the driest and lowest place in North America.It is 282 feet below sea level and has had temperatures up to 134 degrees farenheit.Extreme Heat Caution SignDeath Valley
12ConclusionIn conclusion, deserts may be dangerous places for humans, but they are great habitats for animals who are adapted to those environments. Plus, they provide amazing scenery for us to admire.