Desert facts: Interesting facts about deserts. Desert biome is an ecosystem that receives minimal rainfall. While hot, dry deserts of Africa are the most popular, cold deserts for instance Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth. There are four types of deserts namely hot and dry, semiarid, coastal, and cold. Life in a desert is not easy, yet many animals and plants thrive in these extreme conditions. Let’s explore more interesting facts about deserts.
Desert can be found in every continent except Europe.
Large mineral deposits are often found in deserts.
Many desert animals are nocturnal i.e. they sleep during the day and come out at night as the temperatures at night are more tolerable.
Desert is formed when the mountains along the edge of the desert stop the rain from getting there.
As body fat retains heat, most desert animals adapt in such a way that they store all their fat in one area in their body. Camel stores all its body fat in its hump.
Antarctica is the world’s largest desert.
70% of Australia is classified as semi-arid, arid or desert.
Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth.
Atacama Desert is the largest natural supplier of Sodium Nitrate.
One third of the earth surface is covered in deserts.
Desert biome facts
Sand from the Sahara is blown to Amazon Rainforest along with the wind. It actually fertilizes at the rainforest.
Antarctica is the largest cold desert on Earth.
In six hours world’s deserts receive more energy form the sun than humans consume in a year.
Sahara is the largest hot desert on Earth.
Atacama Desert is home to the largest ground telescope in the world, ALMA.
Desert actually means an abandoned place.
20% of the Earth’s desert is covered in sand.
There are polar deserts in Arctic and Antarctic. It is a region free of ice.
A desert is an area that receives the lowest rainfall.
Deserts receive less than 40 cm of rainfall in a year.
Facts about the desert
Gobi desert in Asia is very cold.
Temperature at Sahara desert can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Google hires a camel to get the street view of the desert.
Every year about 46,000 square miles of…