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The Sonoran Desert in south western America experiences high temperatures and low rainfall. The desert is prevented from receiving moisture by the coastal mountains to the west. Clouds rarely form and the dry air sucks moisture out of the landscape. However, this arid environment has a surprising amount of vegetation. Plants here have adapted to the harsh conditions by storing water and becoming tolerant to drought conditions.
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21 February 2008

Classroom Ideas

Can be used to engage pupils in a discussion regarding the difficulties of living in a desert environment. This could then lead on to looking at settlements in Dubai / Las Vegas and looking at how humans have managed to adapt.

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