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Desert is a dry region with little or no vegetation and is found throughout the world. These places have plants and animals too, that have adapted to surviving on little water. Deserts are not necessarily hot, but they can be cold as well. There are different types of deserts.

What makes a desert a desert?

Deserts are deserts because they lack water. It rains so rarely in a desert that some deserts even go two years without a drop of rain. The soil is so dry and hot that sometimes when rain comes, the rain evaporates before it reaches the ground. Imagine that next time you get thirsty!

How is the weather in a desert?

Contrary to popular belief, not all deserts are hot and dry. Ironically, there are types of deserts that are extremely cold such as deserts in Antarctica. These cold deserts have lengthy winters that frequently rain. Regardless of this frequent rain, it is still considered a desert because the moisture turns into ice, thus keeping the dryness.
In coastal deserts, the weather is fairly cool. The winters are understandably cold and the summers are warm.

When we think of deserts, the first thing that comes into our minds is a dry place with lots and lots gold sand. Apparently, this is not the case; there are many kinds of desert and not all of them are hot and barren lands. Take a look at some of the different types of deserts below:

Hot and dry deserts
PICTURE: Antarctica is the largest desert in the world, while the Sahara in Africa is the largest of the hot deserts.

This type of desert is the hottest one. This is the kind of desert with dry terrain whose ground can be shallow, rocky, gravely or sandy. Dust and sand particles are often blown around.
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...ts are large mammals found in the coastal desert of Namibia and Angola. Elephants know where to find water, and once they run out of water in one end, they will travel even at long distances in order to get more water. Once they find that the waterhole they traveled to is dry, they will dig a short distance with their trunks and find some.

Cheetah is the fastest land animal there is. It can run up to 112 to 120 km in short bursts. This cat is one of the few cats with semi-retractable claws.

Barn Owl
There are also birds that live in coastal deserts. One of these are the barn owl. It is a nocturnal creature and feeds on small mammals in the Atacama Desert and the coastal desert of Western Sahara and Namibia.

Vultures live off dead animals. This is what we call scavengers. These birds are found on every continent except for Australia and Antartica.
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