Desert Biome By Maha Al Kuwari Desert Biome • http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media- live/photos/000/063/cache/map-world-desert_6364_600x450.jpg Desert – Environmental Conditions • The desert is an area of extremes; very dry, very isolated and very hot. It can be cold at night (in the winter), windy (in the summer). • It can be over 100 degrees Farenheit during the day and drop below 32 degrees Farenheit at night. • It doesn’t usually rain in the desert, but when it rains, there might be a storm. • Because the weather is very hot, the rain might become vapor before it reaches the ground. • Deserts can be sandy, stony or covered in pebbles. Desert – Animals CAMELS • Camels close their eyes and nostrils to keep out blowing sand and dust. • Camels store fat in their hump, and they can stay 3 to 5 days without food or water http://inchinapinch.com/hab _pgs/terres/desert/animal s.htm Desert – Animals Desert Tortoise • short, elephant like feet with un-webbed toes. • Tortoises can hide their heads and feet in their shells for protection. • They will eat any kind of plant and animal matter. http://www.desertgold.com/ park/parklife.html Desert – Animals Armadillo Lizard • Nostrils are formed into little tubes to help the Armadillo Lizards smell for food or predators. • It is active in the daytime and feeds on a wide variety of insects, spiders and other invertebrates. • When in danger, it runs as fast as it can for safety. • http://inchinapinch.com/hab_pgs /terres/desert/animals.htm Desert - Plants • Desert Plants should adapt to store water. They store water in the roots, stems, leaves or fruit. • Some plants have long roots that reach the underground water deep in the ground. • Other plants have developed spreading root systems, which means that the roots are a bit below the ground, and they are spread widely. In this way, when it rains in the desert, the plant is able to collect water. Desert - Plants • Cactus http://www.blueplanetbio mes.org/desert_plant_ page.htm Desert - Plants • Ocotillo http://www.blueplanetbio mes.org/desert_plant_ page.htm Human Activity Affecting the Desert • Driving Off Road • Desertification Driving your car on the Since there is a lot of desert affects the desert climate change, there is plant and animals. the car lack of rainfall. This is tracks will destroy some causing more of the desert land, which desertification of land on will affect the plants and Earth’s surface. the animals. also, there are some desert animals hiding in the sand, and when we drive on the sand, those animals will die. Human Activity Affecting the Desert • Human activity are not only affecting the desert, but they are affecting a lot of ecosystem. Also, human activity is changing the climate and the seasons. • I think humans should be more aware and responsible of their actions.
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