The Sahara Desert: Deserts Around the World

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The desert is a difficult place in which to live. Yet, 13 percent of the world's people live in desert habitats. Spectacular photography highlights this series about the world's major desert systems. Each title focuses on one desert, describing its topography, climate, plant and animal life, unique geographical features, human cultures, and the problems facing the region.

The biggest hot desert on Earth, the Sahara Desert in North Africa covers parts of twelve countries-more ...

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Overview

The desert is a difficult place in which to live. Yet, 13 percent of the world's people live in desert habitats. Spectacular photography highlights this series about the world's major desert systems. Each title focuses on one desert, describing its topography, climate, plant and animal life, unique geographical features, human cultures, and the problems facing the region.

The biggest hot desert on Earth, the Sahara Desert in North Africa covers parts of twelve countries-more area than the entire United States! The Sahara has oases scattered widely and sand dunes that can reach as high as 600 feet (182m). But the Sahara is expanding at an alarming rate. As desertification occurs, the few areas that can currently be used for farming become barren wastelands. The most environmental degradation is found in oases and other areas where there are small amounts of water available. Have conservation efforts begun in time to help save the people and wildlife who depend on the Sahara?

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 3–7—These books are clearly written, comprehensive, and ideal for reports. Each one opens with a map showing the area covered by the desert and concludes with a map of the world's deserts. The maps and full-color photos enhance the texts and have informative captions. Readers will enjoy learning about the various animals that live in these unusual climates. For example, in the Kalahari Desert, springbok typically graze at night, but if they "do feed during the daytime, they face away from the sun. Doing so allows their white bottoms to reflect the heat." Additional subjects include the history and current status of human inhabitants, plant life, the terrain, natural resources, and ways the desert may be at risk. The concisely written texts will be valuable to report writers.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778707226
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Sahara Desert 4

Chapter 2 The Sahara Up Close 8

Chapter 3 Living in the Sahara 14

Chapter 4 Tourism and Natural Resources 20

Chapter 5 The Sahara at Risk? 24

Comparing the World's Deserts 28

Timeline 29

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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