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1. The Biome of a Temperate Desert By Lizz S. and Sam S.
2. Climate Characteristics Average Annual Temperature: 20-25 degrees Celsius
The temperature range during the year reaches as high as 40 degrees Celsius and as low as -18 degrees Celsius at night
Average Annual Precipitation- less than 25 cm per year
The main form of precipitation is snow or fog
3. Graph of Precipitation and Average Temperature
4. Other Limiting Factors The soils are coarse and rocky
Hard for plants to grow
Lie between 20-30 degrees North and South of the Equator
High pressure areas
Lack of precipitation
5. Types of Plants Prickly Pear and Saguaro Cactus
Reduction of leaves, often into spines for protection
Development of the stem as a major photosynthetic structure
Water storage in the stem
Development of defense structures
Coating the plant with a thick waxy cuticle
A dense coating of hairs (trichomes)
Extensive underground root systems
6. Temperate Desert in North Dakota
7. Types of Animals Bactrian Camel and Zebratail Lizard
Living in Burrows
Slender bodies with long limbs
Waxy body coatings
Eyes protected from the sun
8. Degree of Biodiversity The degree of biodiversity is high
Many different types of plants and animals that thrive there.
9. Biomass Pyramid
10. Temperate Desert Distribution
11. Reference Page Ingles, Dr. Lloyd Glen. "The Desert Biome." The World's Biomes. 1999. UCMP. 21 Oct. 2008 http://http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/exhibits/biomes/deserts.php.
"Temperate Desert Biome." Biomes. 4 July 2008. 21 Oct. 2008 http://http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/biologypages/b/biomes.html.
"Climate." The Desert Biomes. Marietta College. 21 Oct. 2008 http://http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes/desert.htm.
Miller, G. Tyler, Jr. (2002). Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions. California: Wadsworth Group.