Welcome, this is the desert biome by Mitchell, Abby, and Neve.

Desert Biome

Animals
  • Tortoise-Lives in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, also likes hot but moist lands.
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    Thorny Devil
  • Gazelle-Lives in the Kalahari Desert, also likes hot places with a lots of space and grass.
  • Dingo-Lives in Australia, also likes to live in very warm places with a lot of large mammals to feed on.
  • Hedgehog-Lives in the Arabian, also likes fairly warm places with a lot of shade.
  • Mongoose-Lives in North Africa, Sahara Desert, also likes to live where there is a lot of trees for shade.
  • Gerbil-Lives in the Kalahari and the Sahara deserts, also likes to live where there is a lot of sand and mud to hide in.
  • Thorny Devil-Lives in Australian and Queensland deserts, also likes to live in the dry scrubs of the desert.
  • Armadillo Lizard-Lives in the southern tip of Africa, also likes to live in hot rocky places.
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    Saguaro Cactus


Plants:
  • Cotton-Mainly grown by the Nile River.
  • Red Ironwood-Mainly grown in Gahna.
  • Coffee Tree-Mainly grown in Ethiopia.
  • Saguaro Cactus-Grows mainly in Southwestern U.S or Arizona.
  • Pancake Prickly Pear Cactus- Lives in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts where it's hot and dry.
  • Brittle Bush-Lives in Southern California and the Colorado Desert.

The Countries we studied:
  • Africa
  • Australia
  • United States

Climate,Temperature,Precipitation:
Some deserts are cold and some are hot. In the hot deserts the temperature is 100 degrees fahrenheit and over during the day and 40-50 degrees at night so it gets cooler at night than it is during the day. It also gets cooler at night because the sand in the desert doesn't retain heat very well. In the cold deserts it gets to be 20 degrees below 0 during the day and at night it gets even colder!

Soil,Salinity:
In the hot deserts the sand is hot, sometimes soft, sometimes hard and gravely, and it's also very rocky. In the cool deserts it's really cold and instead of sand it is snow and ice.
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Sahara Desert

Definition of Desert:
The desert is hot and dry but, can also be cold and dry. The range of temperature is -88- 49 degrees celsius. The soil is very rocky, but can also be smooth. It only gets one inch of rain a year. The plants are very widespread. About 1/5 of the earth is desert.


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World Map of Deserts


Deserts of the World
(some of the deserts)

  • Australian Desert (hot)
  • Chihuahuan Desert (hot)
  • Kalahari Desert (hot)
  • Mojave Desert (hot)
  • Gobi Desert (hot/cold)
  • Namib Desert (hot/cold)
  • Antarctic Desert (cold)
  • Sonoran Desert (hot)
  • Sahara Desert (hot)
  • Atacama Desert (hot/coastal)
  • Arabian Desert (hot)


Concerns
  • It is very dry in the desert
  • It is low on water so animals have to adapt
  • Animals are dying off



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Armadillo Lizard
Fun Facts:The average length of the Armadillo is 15-17 inches.Its tail itself is 14-16 inches.Its weight is 8-17 pounds.Its back legs are a little shorter than its front.It's narrow in shape.


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Pancake Prickly Pear Cactus


Fun Facts:
Its average growth span is 7 feet tall.
The pads on the cactus are 4-6 inches long and 9 inches wide.
There are flowers that bloom on the pads of the cactus, they are yellow with red centers.
There are fruits that grow from the flowers that are purple, and turn gray when they get old.
The seeds inside the fruit are tan or cream colored.










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Tortise

Fun Facts:
The front legs are very strong.
They dig big holes in the ground for homes.
The average weight is 8-15 pounds.
The average height is 4-6 inches high.
The average life span is 80 years, but some can live to be 100 years old.







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Brittle Bush

Fun Facts:
The average height is 2-5 feet high.
The Brittle Bush blooms from March to June.
It turns the desert a bright yellow.
Many animals are fond of this plant and graze off of it.
Its stem has a clear resin that was used as gum, or glue, by the Native Americans.