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Desert Life
   
Ethereality of Eternity by Hamed Saber on Flickr


A desert is a landscape or region that receives an extremely low amount of precipitation, less than enough to support growth of most plants.
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King of the Desert by :: Suwaif :: on Flickr


Camels are able to live in the desert.
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Near Patagonia, Arizona 1990 by PhillipC on Flickr


Some deserts have grasses covering the ground.
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Desert Dandelion by Dawn Endico on Flickr


Desert flowers, such as the desert dandelion, have learned to survive with little water.
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Desert Moon Rising by Josh Sommers on Flickr

The ground can become very dry in the desert.
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Oh Tomorrow I’m Alone ... by Hamed Saber on Flickr


Sand wind storms can blow sand everywhere!

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Mui ne - Sanddüne - Vietnam by marfis75 on Flickr

Deserts take up about one third (33%) of the Earth's land surface.

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Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens) by steveberardi on Flickr

Beautiful flowers are found in the desert.
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Spring bloom in the desert by kevindooley on Flickr

Sand covers only about 20% of Earth's deserts.

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Joshua Tree National Park by gtall1 on Flickr


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Desert Flowers by John-Morgan on Flickr

Deserts have a reputation for supporting very little life, but in reality deserts often have high biodiversity. Some desert flora include shrubs, Prickly Pears, Desert Holly, and the Brittlebush.
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One Saguaro, One Sunset by cobalt123 on Flickr


 The giant saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert provide nests for desert birds and serve as "trees" of the desert. Saguaro grow slowly but may live up to 200 years.
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Dead cactus (Polaroid One600) by kevindooley on Flickr


Many animals use the plants as protection from the heat and sun.
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Crested Saguaro HDR by CEBImagery.com on Flickr


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Desert fox by EGraf on Flickr


Desert life include animals that remain hidden during daylight hours to control body temperature or to limit moisture needs. Some animals include the kangaroo rat, coyote, jack rabbit, desert fox, and many lizards.
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Desert Flower by Corey Leopold on Flickr


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Roadrunner by tinyfroglet on Flickr


Roadrunners are adapted to life in the desert.

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Cactus in Bloom by John-Morgan on Flickr


Cactus bloom in the spring and summer.
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