The Desert Environments Of Hesperia

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Having moved from the city of Los Angeles to the city of Hesperia, there were many changes I needed to get use to. One of those major changes was the change of scenery from green front lawns to bare dirt. Hesperia is only an hour and a half northeast of Los Angeles, yet the environment in Hesperia made it seem like I moved to another state. I could not understand why in Hesperia people did not grass in their properties, or fruit trees. I soon found out in school that Hesperia had arid soils, which are actually the most prevalent soils in the world. Arid soils also known as desert soils have very important characteristics that distinguish them from other soils. These characteristics are influenced by the climate that most arid soils find themselves in.
Deserts, where arid soils are found in, cover roughly 1/5-1/3 of the worlds
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Because of this diversity, no practical definition of arid environments can be derived. For this reason, there are three arid zones that arid soils can fall under. The hyper-arid zone comprises of dryland areas without vegetation, with the exception of a few scattered shrubs. The annual rainfall for this zone is low, rarely exceeding 100 millimeters. The rainfall that does occur is usually infrequent and irregular and sometimes it does not rain for long periods over a stretch several years. The second zone is known as the arid zone where vegetation is sparse, and is usually shrubs and small trees. The rainfall in this zone varies annually between 100 and 300 millimeters (The Arid Environments). The last zone is the semi-arid zone, where the vegetation is compromised of grasses, shrubs and trees. The annual precipitation in this zone varies sees 300-800 millimeters of rain in the summer, and 200-500 millimeters of rain in the winter (The Arid

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