|Hot Deserts of the
main form of precipitation in a hot desert is rain. But that's only ten
inches or less of rain per year.
Deserts of the World
|Covered almost entirely by sand; has some
of the most extensive stretches of sand dunes in the world.
||acacia, oleander, saltbush
desert locust, dromedary camel, gazelle, lizard, jackal,
|Nomadic Bedouin tribes have travelled through
the Arabian Desert for thousands of years.
|Australian (Great Sandy, Victoria,
Simpson, Gibson, and Sturt)
(1/3 of Australia)
|Great Sandy, Victoria, and Simpson are sandy;
Gibson and Sturt are stony.
||acacia, casuarina tree, eucalyptus, saltbush,
blue-tongued lizard, dingo, fat-tailed mouse, kangaroo,
marsupial mole, rabbit-eared bandicoot, sand goanna, spinifex hopping mouse,
|Aborigines have lived in the Australian deserts
for over 30,000 years.
North Central Mexico and Southwestern United States
(Arizona, New Mexico, Texas)
|High plateau covered by stony areas and sandy
soil. Many mountains and mesas.
||cacti, chihuahuan flax, creosote bush, lechuguilla,
mesquite, mexican gold poppy
coyote, diamondback rattlesnake, javelina, kangaroo rat,
|Largest North American desert. Big Bend National
Park located here; more species of birds seen in Big Bend than in any other
National Park in the U.S.
|Covered by sand dunes and gravel plains.
gazelle, gerbil, ground squirrel, hyena, jackel, sandgrouse,
|Bushman have lived in the Kalahari for 20,000
Southwestern United States (Arizona, California, Nevada)
|Covered by sandy soil, gravelly pavement,
and salt flats.
||creosote bush, desert sand verbena, joshua
bighorn sheep, chuckwalla, coyote, jackrabbit, sidewinder,
|Death Valley located in this desert.
|Covered by sand and soil
||cardon cactus, creosote bush, paloverde
armadillo, cavy, jaguarundi, puma, tinamou, tuco-tuco
|Very similar to the Sonoran Desert
|Covered by mountains, rocky areas, gravel
plains, salt flats, huge areas of dunes. Areas in the central sometimes
get no rain for years at a time.
||acacia, grasses, tamarisks
addax antelope, dorcas gazelle, fennec fox, horned viper,
jackal, jerboa, sandgrouse, spiny-yailed lizard
|Largest desert in the world. Fewer than 2
million inhabitants (mostly nomads such as the Tuareg). Crossed by Arab
caravans since the 10th century.
Southwestern United States (Arizona, California) and
parts of Mexico (Baja Peninsula, Sonora)
|Covered by sand, soil, and gravelly pavement.
Gets more rain than any other North American desert.
||agave, coulter's globemallow, creosote bush,
desert mariposa lily, mesquite, ocotillo, paloverde, saguaro
coati, elf owl, gila monster, kangaroo rat, pack rat,
roadrunner, sidewinder, tarantula
|Most complex animal-plant community of any
One of the most beautiful deserts in the world.
India and Pakistan
|Majority of desert covered by sand dunes;
rest covered by gravel plains
||acacia, euphorbias, grasses, shrubs
black buck, dromedary camel, great Indian bustard, Indian
spiny-tailed lizard, jackel, sandgrouse
|Small villages of ten to twenty houses scattered
throughout the Thar.
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