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Children's LiteratureDeserts 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