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Temperate Desert Biome. By Ellie McLaughlin. Common Names. Coastal Desert Hot and Dry Desert. Earth’s Major Biomes. Temperate Deserts . Sonoran Desert- southeastern California Great Basin- east-central Nevada Northern Colorado Plateau Chihuahuan Desert- Mexican Boader. Climate.

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Temperate Desert Biome

By Ellie McLaughlin


Common Names

Coastal Desert

Hot and Dry Desert


Earth’s Major Biomes


Temperate Deserts

  • Sonoran Desert- southeastern California

  • Great Basin- east-central Nevada

  • Northern Colorado Plateau

  • Chihuahuan Desert- Mexican Boader


Climate

  • Average 30-70 oF

  • Temperature high in summer, low in winter

  • Low precipitation


Food Web


Animals

Prairie rattlesnake

Road runner

Desert snake

Desert camel

Jack Rabbit

Kangaroo Rat


Plants

Prickly pear cactus

Trichomes

Yellow paloverde tree

MammillariaParkinsoii


Adaptations: Plants and Animals

  • Plants:

    • Conserve moisture

      • Lose leaves- slows growth, prevents loss of moisture

      • store water in stems

  • Animals:

    • Reducing water loss- specialized snouts, waxy body coatings

    • Regulate body temperature

      • Burrows

      • Estivate (stopping activity)


Human Impacts

  • Development

    • Destroys animals habitat

    • Introduces non-native plants

  • Off roading

    • Leave tracks in soil

    • Kills vegetation

    • Reduces animal population


Bibliography

http://environmentalsciencebiomes.weebly.com/temperate-desert.html

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/glossary/gloss5/biome/deserts.html

http://library.thinkquest.org/C0113340/text/biomes/biomes.desert.animaladapt.html


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