The Hot Desert Michael Hatton Daniel Diedrich WORLD

The Hot Desert Michael Hatton Daniel Diedrich WORLD

The Hot Desert Michael Hatton Daniel Diedrich WORLD MAP

CLIMATE Hot desert climates are exceptionally

hot for long periods of the year. High temperatures of 113 Fahrenheit are not uncommon During colder periods, night-time temperatures can drop down to freezing, but rarely drops far below freezing

SOIL CONDITIONS

Soils are course textures, shallow, rocky, or gravely, with good drainage and little to no surface water. Less chemical weathering than other places. Finer dust and sand are blown elsewhere leaving behind heavier

pieces. Sand Storms are common. HUMAN EFFECTS

Military activities and off road vehicles damage desert cover. Mining activities often destroy the land. Grazing pressure often expands the desert area RESOURCES

Oil Salts

Gypsum Solar Energy Laterite PRODUCERS Include but are not limited to

CACTI The cacti has adapted to absorb and hold water. The stem has evolved to become

photosynthetic. The leaves have evolved into spines. OCOTILLO Also known as

Coachwhip. Often eaten by Insects, Hummingbirds, and Bees. During drought, it sheds its leaves to conserve

moisture. SAGE BRUSH Its scientific name is Artemisia tridentata. Can grow as tall

as 10 ft. Its not fire tolerant. Relies on wind to transfer seeds. CREOSOTE BUSHES

THORN ACACIAS CONSUMERS Include but are not limited to KANGAROO RATS A primary

consumer in the hot desert. They hop in a manner similar to the much larger kangaroo. Not related to the kangaroo at all.

SCORPIONS A secondary consumer in the hot desert. Range in size from 9mm to

21mm. 25 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human. KIT FOX

The kit fox is a tertiary level consumer in the hot desert. Their large ears lower their body temperature while allowing great

hearing. CAMEL SPIDER SIDE WINDER BIBLIOGRAPHY

http://

edtech2.boisestate.edu/mckeana/502/v irtualtour/desert.html http:// www.sln.org.uk/geography/images/Livin g1.gif http:// www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat /habitat/desert.php

http://www.ncat.edu/~

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