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Deserts are hot areas that receive very little rainfall.   Most of the water that hits the ground evaporates within minutes.  In order to survive, animals have evolved to withstand the extreme temperatures and the little moisture. 
Average Temperature in Summer- 100F
Average Temperature in Winter- 45F
 
PLANTS
In the desert, the plants look unlike anything you see anywhere else.  These plants have adapted so that their roots are shallow enough to reach the water of a storm, or deep enough to access the ground water.  These plants include the cactus, the Dragon Tree, Desert Spoon, Aloe, Joshua Tree, and the Yucca Tree.
 
ANIMALS
These animals, like the plants, have made severe adaptions to survive.  Animals are usually noctornal to avoid the hot temperatures of the day.  Animals of the desert include the Jackrabbit, tortoise, Kangaroo Rat, Thorny Devil, Sidewinder, Dingo, Fennec Fox, a variety of reptiles, and the Cactus Wren. 
 
FUN FACTS:
Plant and animal adaptions:  The cactus can store gallons of water in their stems and trunks.  The Jackrabbit's abnormally large ears allow it to relieve heat.  Kangaroo rats take water from the food they eat, thus, they never have to drink.  Most of the flowering plants flower, bloom, and produce seeds in a very short time after a large amount of rain.  Spadefoot toads spend 9 months out of the year underground. 
 
Some deserts tie for the deadliest area in the world. 

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Fennec Fox
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Produced by Billy Price
2005
Rapid Run Middle School Project