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  Desert Biomes
A cold desert is a desert that has snow in the winter instead of just dropping a few degrees in temperature like they would in a Hot and Dry Desert.
Hot and Dry Deserts temperature ranges from 20 to 25° C. The extreme maximum temperature for Hot Desert ranges from 43.5 to 49° C. Cold Deserts temperature in winter ranges from -2 to 4° C and in the summer 21 to 26° C a year
Hot and Dry Deserts are warm throughout the fall and spring seasons and very hot during the summer.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /desert.htm   (554 words)

  desert - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Desert, term applied to regions of the earth that are characterized by less than 254 mm (10 in) of annual rainfall, an evaporation rate that exceeds...
Arabian Desert, arid region, eastern Egypt, lying between the Mediterranean Sea on the north, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez on the east, the...
Atacama Desert, arid region in northern Chile, bounded on the west by mountains along the Pacific Coast and on the east by the Andes Mountains.
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  Desert - LoveToKnow 1911
Hot desert conditions are primarily found along the tropical belts of high atmospheric pressure in which the conditions of warmth and dryness are most fully realized, and on their equatorial sides, but the zonal arrangement is considerably modified in some regions by the monsoonal influence of elevated land.
Thus we have in the northern hemisphere the Sahara desert, the deserts of Arabia, Iran, Turan, Takla Makan and Gobi, and the desert regions of the Great Basin in North America; and in the southern hemisphere the Kalahari desert in Africa, the desert of Australia, and the desert of Atacama in South America.
Desert conditions also arise from local causes, as in the case of the Indian desert situated in a region inaccessible to either of the two main branches of the south-west monsoon.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Desert   (518 words)

 Desert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Deserts are often composed of sand and rocky surfaces.
Deserts are also classified by their geographical location and dominant weather pattern as trade wind, mid-latitude, rain shadow, coastal, monsoon, or polar deserts.
Montane deserts are arid places with a very high altitude; the most prominent example is found north of the Himalaya, in parts of the Kunlun Mountains and the Tibetan Plateau.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Desert   (2203 words)

 desert. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
The largest desert regions of the world lie between 20° and 30° north and south of the equator, either where mountains intercept the paths of the trade winds or where atmospheric high-pressure areas cause descending air currents and a lack of precipitation.
Farther south there are desert areas in NW India and through S Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Arabia; these are largely the result of their situation in a subtropical high-pressure belt and of the distribution of pressure areas that produce cold, dry winds in winter and hot, dry winds in summer.
Second only to the Sahara in area is the desert region of central and W Australia, lying in a high-pressure belt and in the path of the trade winds (which lose much of their moisture on the windward slopes of the east-coast mountains).
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 Desert   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Deserts, caused by wind patterns and climate, are often located in regions along both the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
Deserts are composed of sand, but not the same sand as found on beaches, desert sand is larger and rounder.
The Dipsosaurus dorsalis (desert iguana) is a common inhabitant of the Patagonia desert in Argentina.
nhs.needham.k12.ma.us /cur/Bio96_97/P3/desert/desertjk.html   (601 words)

 Earth Floor: Biomes
The defining characteristic of a desert is that it is dry.
As with all biomes, the desert climate is determined by geographic conditions.
Deserts may occur along the coast such as the Atacama and Namib deserts or in the interior of continents such as the Great Basin and Australian deserts, which are far from any source of water.
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 Desert   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In some parts of world deserts are created by a rain shadow effect in which air masses lose of their moisture as they move over mountain range ; other areas are arid by virtue being very far from the nearest available of moisture (this is true in some landmass interior locations particularly in Asia).
Midlatitude deserts occur between 30° and 50° and S. poleward of the subtropical highpressure These deserts are in interior drainage basins far from oceans and have a range of annual temperatures.
Rain shadow deserts are formed because tall ranges prevent moisture-rich clouds from reaching areas the lee or protected side of the As air rises over the mountain water precipitated and the air loses its moisture A desert is formed in the leeside of the range.
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 Sonoran Desert Natural History Information
Desert grassland or chaparral borders the northern Sonoran Desert on the east.
The Great Basin Desert is both the highest and northernmost of the four and has very cold winters, which limit the growing season to the summer regardless of seasonal precipitation.
This was Shreve's seventh subdivision of the Sonoran Desert.
desertmuseum.org /desert/sonora.html   (2465 words)

 Desert warfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One of the few times desert warfare can be desirable is against foreign armies that are not familiar with the area.
The sniper's advantage of little cover in the desert is also his disadvantage because the enemy will be looking for where a sniper would hide, and there are not many choices.
These include aircraft, and tanks, which can be extremely menacing to desert guerrillas because there is little way to equal such force, and there are little places to hide from them In the desert environment where there is little obstruction except lack of water and brutal heat.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Desert_warfare   (728 words)

 Desert Biome   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Australian desert is one example of a hot desert, and the Gobi desert in Mongolia is an example of a cold desert.
Deserts can be found along coastlines, such as the Atacama desert, or in the interior of continents, such as the Great Basin desert of North America.
Coastal deserts are located on west coasts of continents.The winds blow in an easterly direction and prevent the moisture from moving onto the land.
www.kidcyber.com.au /topics/biomedesert.htm   (275 words)

The desert, too, was looked upon as the abode of wild beasts — lions (Ecclus., xiii, 23), wild asses (Job 24:5), jackals (Malachi 1:3), etc. It was not fertilized by streams of water, but springs were to be found there (Genesis 16:7), and in places cisterns to collect the rainfall.
To the east of Palestine are the deserts of Arabia, Moab, and the desert of Idumea, near the Dead Sea.
This desert was in the land of Madian, close to the Red Sea, and in it was Mount Horeb, which St. Jerome says was the same as Sinai.
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 DESERT BIOME   (Site not responding. Last check: )
So, deserts are characterised by having sparse vegetation, and the organisms that live in deserts are specially adapted to withstand or avoid water stress.
For example, the desert ecosystem of central Australia is different from the desert ecosystem of Arizona (USA) or from the ecosystem of the Karoo desert of South Africa.
The sparseness of vegetation in deserts contrasts with the higher density of vegetation in wetter biomes.
helios.bto.ed.ac.uk /bto/desbiome/biome.htm   (1043 words)

 Sonoran Desert Natural History Information
Desert grassland or chaparral borders the northern Sonoran Desert on the east.
The Great Basin Desert is both the highest and northernmost of the four and has very cold winters, which limit the growing season to the summer regardless of seasonal precipitation.
This was Shreve's seventh subdivision of the Sonoran Desert.
www.desertmuseum.org /desert/sonora.html   (2465 words)

The desert biome is found in northern Africa, western North America, western Asia, the center of Australia, and on the west coast of South America.
The plants in the desert tend to be widely scattered because of the lack of water.
Some specific species of desert plants are the mesquite tree, which has roots that extend as deep as 263 feet, and the sotol cactus which is commonly found in Mexican deserts.
lsb.syr.edu /projects/cyberzoo/desert.html   (793 words)

 Habitat Awareness Desert Page
Deserts are among the most fragile ecosystems on our planet because of the harsh extremes of heat and lack of moisture.
Desert oases occur where the water table is near the surface of the desert.
The Gobi desert is the fifth largest desert area in the world and one of the most hostile with temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.
www.inchinapinch.com /hab_pgs/terres/desert/desert.htm   (2239 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for desert   (Site not responding. Last check: )
desert DESERT [desert] arid region, usually partly covered by sand, having scanty vegetation or sometimes almost none, and capable of supporting only a limited and specially adapted animal population.
The desert itself, c.2,000 ft (610 m) above sea level, is a series of dry salt basins flanked on the W by the Pacific coastal range, averaging c.2,500 ft (760 m) high, and on the
Syrian Desert SYRIAN DESERT [Syrian Desert] Arabic Badiyat Ash Sham, arid wasteland, SW Asia, between the cultivated lands along the E Mediterranean coast and the fertile Euphrates River valley.
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 Desert Field Trip
Deserts generally receive less than 10 inches of precipitation a year, while semiarid regions receive on average between 10 and 20 inches a year.
Deserts are moving all the time due to continental drift and growing mountain ranges.
Deserts are found between 15 and 30 degrees north and south of the equator.
www.field-trips.org /sci/desert   (207 words)

 The desert biome
Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's surface and occur where rainfall is less than 50 cm/year.
Although most deserts, such as the Sahara of North Africa and the deserts of the southwestern U.S., Mexico, and Australia, occur at low latitudes, another kind of desert, cold deserts, occur in the basin and range area of Utah and Nevada and in parts of western Asia.
These deserts are characterized by cold winters with snowfall and high overall rainfall throughout the winter and occasionally over the summer.
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu /exhibits/biomes/deserts.php   (1654 words)

 Desert Animal Printouts - EnchantedLearning.com
Animals that live in the desert have adaptations to cope with the lack of water, the extreme temperatures, and the shortage of food.
To avoid daytime heat, many desert animals are nocturnal; they burrow beneath the surface or hide in the shade during the day, emerging at night to eat.
Bactrian Camels are two-humped camels from deserts and steppes of Asia.
www.enchantedlearning.com /biomes/desert/desert.shtml   (1270 words)

 Desert (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
If this latter view of the relationship between desert bases and deserved treatment is correct, then attempting to match deserved treatments to their bases might not be the best way to determine the bases of desert (McLeod 1996).
In such a case, the prima facie desert of success that you gained in virtue of exerting effort is outweighed by the prima facie desert of failure and punishment that you acquired in virtue of plotting an evil end.
Desert probably bears interesting connections to a large number of concepts, but this concluding section focuses only on four: justice, intrinsic value, entitlement, and responsibility.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/desert   (7807 words)

 Desert Biome
The seasons in hot and dry deserts are usually very hot during the summer and warm during the rest of the year.
Mammals that live in the desert are usually small, such as the kangaroo rat and kit fox.
Because of desert sensitivity, it is important that desert uses be managed properly to protect the wildlife and habitat.
www.nceas.ucsb.edu /nceas-web/kids/biomes/desert.htm   (763 words)

 Sinai Travel Guide
Desert is something that most people would associate with boring and lifeless matters.
The Sinai desert is quite arid due to the meager rainfall and the fast evaporation caused by the high daytime heat.
Even a heterogeneous fauna is part of this desert including wild foxes, goiats, rodents, gazelles reptiles, raptors and various insectivores.
www.allsinai.info /sites/desert.htm   (357 words)

Deserts have a varied species of animals that have adapted to the harsh climate of the desert.
Deserts are usually located in areas near the equator.
There is a shortage of precipitation in the desert receiving less than 25 centimeters a year, receiving the least rain in the spring & summer.
ths.sps.lane.edu /biomes/desert3/desert3.html   (1030 words)

 Desert, Tundra Habitat: National Geographic Geography Action   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Two such habitats are deserts and tundra, where extremes of temperature and rainfall are the norm.
Both deserts and tundra receive very little rainfall—usually as little as 10 inches (25 centimeters) a year.
Desert plants may have to go without fresh water for years at a time, but their ability to adapt can boggle the mind.
www.nationalgeographic.com /geographyaction/habitats/deserts_tundra.html   (332 words)

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