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  • Desert Tortoise From Areas
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    Vulnerable to the harsh desert conditions, the desert tortoise spends almost all of its time waiting out extreme temperatures in its underground burrow. There, this armored, terrestrial turtle conserves its energy and stays relatively cool during summer months, and relatively warm during winter months. This turtle, Californias official state reptile, carries a high-domed tan to dark brown carapace (shell), which protects them from most predators. Yet even those shells are unable to shield the de...
  • Much Of Israel's Desert
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    "Israel is a country in southwestern Asia. It lies at the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Egypt borders it on the southwest, Jordan in the east, Syria on the north. The total area of Israel is about 20,700 square kilometers (about 8,000 square miles). Israel stretches north to south to a maximum length of about 420 kilometers, from east to west it varies from 16 to 115 kilometers". Encarta Israel has a diversity of landforms. "The highest areas are found in the mountainous regions in the ...
  • Geological Age Of The San Gorgonio Pass
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    Desert Winds and Electrical Energy The energy of the wind can be channeled into other forms of energy besides the energy used as an erosional agent. This is especially true of desert winds. Today, some desert wind is used to make electricity. Wind velocity is affected by air temperature. When air warms and cools, it changes density, which creates air pressure differences that cause wind. In the desert, temperatures may range from 40 o F at night to more than 120 o F in the daytime. Because of th...
  • Road On The Side Of Chariot Mountain
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    The Lassitor Hay Road Road Building has been around from the dawn of the wheel and the need to transport commerce between people and cultures. Some of the roads are long gone; some are in use still today. The Native Americans were not without networks of trails to transport goods between tribes. One of these trails for a moment in time became the link between San Diego and the country to the east. Coming to San Diego from the east we think of as relatively easy today but for the early travelers ...
  • Sahara Desert
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    Sahara Desert The Sahara Desert is the world's largest desert area. The word Sahara comes from the Arabic word sara', meaning desert. It extends from the Africa's Atlantic Ocean side to the Red Sea and consists of the countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Sudan. It is about 5,200 miles long. Overall, the Sahara Desert covers 3,500,000 square miles. The geography of the desert is varied. In the west, the Sahara is rocky with varied elevation. It ...
  • Area Of Land
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    What exactly is desertification Unfortunately, there are many responses and many contradicting definitions. Some say that it is permanent, others say it is a reversible process. There are even debates on whether the definition should include human involvement or not. It seems that all that can be agreed on is that it is "the most serious environmental problem facing Africa today" (Nsiah-Gyabaah, Kwai. Environmental Degradation and Desertification in Ghana pg 27). At the United Nations Conference...
  • Plants Of The Desert
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    DESERT BIOME Any barren region that supports very little life may be called a desert. The cold expanses of Antarctica, extreme northern Asia, and Greenland are therefore true, but cold, deserts. Most commonly, however, the term desert is used for regions that are barren because they are arid, or dry. Arid deserts receive little precipitation and are characterized by specialized plants that tolerate drought conditions and salty soils, and by distinctive land features. Most desert areas get less t...

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