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The Desert Biome

Deserts are very hot and dry places. Deserts get very little rain each year. So how do plants and animals live here? This section on the desert ecosystem will explain how!

Do you know what a desert looks like? It is made of sand and rocks. Sometimes the sand is red! There aren't a lot of clouds over deserts, so it gets really hot during the day and cold at night.

Let's explore the desert ecosystem and find out more! Click on plants, insects and arachnids, reptiles, birds, mammals or a special page for camels to learn more!

Last modified October 15, 2011 by Jennifer Bergman.

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