Deserts and Semideserts

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There are deserts on every continent, from the sun-baked heart of Africa to the chilly plains of northern China. Together, they make up one of Earth's largest biomes.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on people. Each book reveals the ...

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Overview

There are deserts on every continent, from the sun-baked heart of Africa to the chilly plains of northern China. Together, they make up one of Earth's largest biomes.

Biologists divide the living world into major zones called biomes, including deserts, oceans, tropical forests, and tundra. Looking at biomes helps us understand the connections between our planet's climate and the plants and animals that live there. Biomes also have a huge impact on people. Each book reveals the fascinating web of relationships between climate, plants, animals, and people that makes every biome unique.

Inside this book

Superb photography, bringing each biome dramatically to life

Clear maps of each major region of every featured habitat identify the main areas of environmental stress

Fact panels give at-a-glance information on each region

Meets curriculum standards for the study of biomes and their importance for plants, animals, and people

Glossary, sources of further information, and index

A comprehensive look at the desert and semidesert biomes, examining their climate, plants, animals, people, and future, plus detailed views of some famous or important desert locations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Deserts are typically thought of as dry, hot, sandy, lifeless places. It is true that they are dry. In fact, the definition of a desert is an area that receives less than ten inches of rain a year. However, not all deserts are hot. In the Gobi desert in Asia, temperatures can drop to -11 degrees in winter. As far as sand goes, huge sand dunes are only one type of desert. Some deserts are composed of flat, rocky terrain and others are huge lake beds covered in salt. Deserts are not lifeless, either. Except for small areas in the center of the largest deserts, most deserts are full of life. Huge cacti grow in many deserts because of their ability to store water in their centers. Deserts are fascinating places and this book, from the "Biomes Atlases" series, explores all of them. The book is filled with information and colorful pictures, with maps and graphs scattered throughout for additional information. The book also has a complete index and glossary and is an excellent reference book. 2002, Raintree, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432941758
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Series: Biomes Atlases Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,444,414
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Biomes of the World 4

Deserts of the World 6

Sonoran Desert 8

Desert Climates 10

Atacama 18

Desert Plants 20

Kalahari and Namib 30

Desert Animals 32

Sahara 42

People and the Desert 44

Gobi and Takla Makan 54

The Future for Deserts 56

Glossary 62

Further Research 63

Index 64

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