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Temperate Desert. By: David F. and Jaclyn O. . Climate. Daytime temperatures are high in the summer and low in the winter. Average Annual Temperature is °F Temperatures are as low as 8°F in January and as high as 119°F in August. Precipitation is low, less than 100 cm a year. . Plants.

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temperate desert

Temperate Desert

By: David F. and Jaclyn O.

climate
Climate
  • Daytime temperatures are high in the summer and low in the winter.
  • Average Annual Temperature is °F
  • Temperatures are as low as 8°F in January and as high as 119°F in August.
  • Precipitation is low, less than 100 cm a year.
plants
Plants
  • All plants in a Temperate Desert must be adapted to the dry conditions.
  • Common adaptations:
    • Reduction of leaves
    • A thick waxy cuticle
    • Dense coating of hairs
    • Extensive underground root system

Prickly Pear

Saguaro Cactus

plants cont
Plants cont.
  • High diversity index
    • There are a variety of plants that are adapted to the environment.
    • Ex: trichomes, cactus, joshua trees, wildflowers, smoke tree, agave, yucca, etc.

Trichomes

Fishhook Cactus

animals
Animals
  • The desert is full of animal life but they spend much of their time hiding.
  • These animals have many strategies for surviving in the desert:
    • Nocturnal lifestyle
    • Living in burrows
    • Slender bodies with long limbs
    • Specialized snouts, waxy body coatings, and efficient kidneys
    • Long eyelashes

Zebratail Lizard

Rock hyrax

animals cont
Animals cont.
  • High diversity index
    • There are a variety of animals that are adapted to the environment.
    • Ex: camels, lizards, coyotes, tortoises, bighorn sheep, quails, jack rabbits, roadrunners, rats, etc.

Bactrian Camel

works cited
WORKS CITED
  • "The Desert Biomes." Marietta College Department of Biology and Environmental Science's Biomes of the World. Marietta College. 17 Oct. 2008 <http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes/biome_main.htm>.
  • "Deserts." Desert USA. 1996-2008. Desert USA. 16 Oct. 2008 <http://www.desertusa.com/magoct97/oct_czcet.html>.
  • Miller, Tyler G. Living inthe Environment. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2002. 133-35.