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Desert Life

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Deserts of the United States - Deserts in the southwestern United States are areas of extreme heat and dryness, just as most of us envision them. The deserts in the United States and northern Mexico are grouped into four distinct categories. Chihuahuan DesertGreat Basin Desert |  Mojave Desert | Sonoran Desert - More on these deserts.

What is a desert? Learn about how deserts are classified and about the plant and animal life that adapt to the desert biome. More...

Desert Sand dunes

Desert Animals & Wildlife - The animals you will find within the desert environment. More...

    Desert Animal Survival - It's a miracle that life can survive in the extreme conditions of the deserts. Learn about reptiles, mammals, birds, fish and amphibians that have adapted and, in fact, thrive in the harsh ecosystems of the deserts. More...

    Desert Survival for People - Learning to be part of the desert's ecosystem is the first step of desert survival. Our philosophy is not to fight the desert, but to become part of its ecosystem. Being prepared is an obvious benefit. More...

Desert Plants & Wildflowers
- The deserts are renowned for the annual explosion of vibrant spring wildflowers and succulent cactus that adorn their landscapes. Enjoy the beautiful colors and learn about the unique characteristics of the plants that live in the deserts. More...

    Desert Plant Survival - To survive, desert plants have adapted to extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. More...

    Plants and Animals: How Are They Classified? For centuries, biological scientists have worked to classify organisms in a way that would help clarify relationships among species through time, and across different and constantly changing environments. More...

Desert People & Cultures - For many centuries the desert has been home to human life, from ancient hunters and farmers, to the native cultures Euro-American explorers first recorded, to settlers and modern inhabitants who enjoy its warm, dry climate and stunning vistas. Throughout the desert regions, monuments and parks have been established to preserve the record of these ancient and historic peoples, including cliff dwellings, rock art, ghost towns and historic sites commemorating all manner of human endeavors, adventures and travails. More...

Desert Environment & Geology - Learn about the rocks, minerals and gemstones that form our North American deserts. More...

More on the Deserts

Desert Food Chain for the Younger Student

Imperial Sand dunes

Imperial Sand Dunes

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Dust DevilsView Video about Dust Devils. Born of the battle between the sun and sand, the dust devil is a rapidly rotating column of air that has wrapped itself around a rising thermal. The average dust devil is ten to fifty feet in diameter. The chief ingredients for a good dust devil are clear skies, a bright sun, and a dry hot surface. Click here to view video.

Desert Food Chain Video - A food chain constitutes a complex network of organisms, from plants to animals, through which energy, derived from the sun, flows in the form of organic matter and dissipates in the form of waste heat. Watch Video


Take a look at our Animals index page to find information about all kinds of birds, snakes, mammals, spiders and more!


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