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- 100°F
Average Temperature in Winter- 45°F
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.
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.
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.