Deserts. Life in the Deserts. Plants and Animals in the Deserts

Deserts. Life in the Deserts. Plants and Animals in the Deserts

Deserts are places that get very little rain each year-so little rain that most trees and plants cannot grow there. Some deserts will go for years without rain. They are difficult places to live in, and the few plants, animals, and people who live there have to be tough to survive. Every continent except Europe has a desert. Even Antarctica has one, a frigid desert. Most deserts, however, are arid, or dry, deserts with mile after mile of sand, baked earth, and barren rock. In the daytime these places look like lost worlds-hot, dry, and silent. Usually, the only plants growing there are low thorny ones. These plants store most of the water they are able to collect. It may be a long time before their next drink. At night it can be quite cold in the desert. That’s when creatures that have been hiding from the Sun’s burning rays come out of their homes. Many of the creatures are lizards and insects such as scorpions. There are also different kinds of rats as well as other, larger...
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