By Susan Heinrichs Gray
Describes many of the major deserts all over the world, how deserts are shaped, and a few of the crops and animals present in those dry components.
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It blows sand into high mounds called dunes. After a dune is formed, the wind still works on it. Wind sweeps up sand on one side of the dune and sand falls down the other side. Because of this, dunes shift. In very windy deserts, they can move up to 100 feet (30 meters) in a year! Sand dunes in Namibia, Africa Page 8 The desert ground is not all sandy. In some places, it is covered by rocks or gravel. An organ pipe cactus growing in the rocky soil of the Sonaran Desert in Arizona Page 9 Why are deserts dry?
Kangaroo rats and pocket mice live in North Page 32 American deserts. In the daytime, they burrow into the ground. Then they seal up the entrance with soil. In this way, they escape the heat and block out dry air. When it cools down at night, they break open the seal and come out to eat. A mound made by a rat or mouse in the Arizona desert Page 33 The African ground squirrel searches for food in the daytime. It keeps its back to the sun and raises its tail. The tail provides shade that keeps the squirrel from getting too hot.
Cactus plants have several ways of protecting their stored water. Some have stems covered in sharp spines. This keeps animals from eating them. The old man cactus has a coat of long, white hair. Its coat helps protect the cactus from animals and the sun's harsh rays. Page 28 Barrel cactus and other plants in the desert Page 29 Desert plants called ephemerals spring up from the ground when it rains. Their seeds can survive long dry periods. When there is enough rain, the seeds sprout. The new plants grow rapidly.
Deserts by Susan Heinrichs Gray