The desert is a very interesting biome. In Saudi Arabia it’s called “Rub’ al Khali.” In China the desert is called “Takla Makan.”
There are 2 types of deserts; hot deserts receive their precipitation as
rain. Cold deserts receive their
precipitation as snow.
Air temperature in the desert rises quickly during the day and falls
quickly at night. Average
temperature is 75 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
The humidity is very low: 10 to 20 percent.
Deserts average less than 10 inches of rain per year.
The soil in a desert is
usually sandy, salty, crumbly, and/or very rocky.
The topsoil in a desert consists mainly of
pebbles. The desert has a
very low biomass (If you don’t know what biomass is refer to “Tropical Rain
The common plants in a desert are: cacti, yucca, mesquite, sagebrush,
saltbush, creosote bush, and many other annuals.
Most plants are adapted to little water.