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Receive less than 10 inches of precipitation a year. Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals, plants and people
Groups of herders who move with their animals from place to place in search of pasture and water
Land that is not well suited for growing crops
An unusually long period in which little or no rain falls
The process by which land becomes more and more dry until it turns to desert. This may be caused by climate change, human activities or both
The permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses
These are the hottest deserts with parched terrain and rapid evaporation.
Cool Coastal Desert
Located at the same latitude as sub-tropical deserts but the average temperature is much cooler because of frigid offshore ocean currents
Cold Winter Desert
These deserts have stark temperature differences from season to season ranging from 100 degrees in the summer to 10 degrees in winter
Polar regions are considered deserts because nearly all moisture is locked up in the form of ice
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