10 Interesting Facts about Hot Deserts

As we know that there are two types of deserts, hot and cold desert. In this case, we will discuss Facts about hot deserts. Most of the hot desert can be found in the subtropics. There are only ten inches of rain per year in hot desert. Whereas the temperature in the hot deserts are hot in the day and chilly at night. One of the example of hot desert which can reach 122 degrees Fahrenheit is Sahara Desert. There are still many information about hot deserts that will be explained below.

Facts about Hot Deserts 1: The topography

Sand dunes, stone, mountains, sand, gravel, mesas, rocky regions, plateaus, and salt flats are the topography of hot deserts.

Facts about Hot Deserts 2: World deserts

There are many hot deserts in the world. They are the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave in North America; the Sahara in North Africa; the Kalahari South in Africa; the Great Victoria, Great Sandy, Gibson, Sturt, Simpson in Australia; the Thar Desert in Pakistan and India; the Monte in Argentina; and the Arabian Desert in the Arabian Peninsula.

Chihuahuan Desert

Chihuahuan Desert

Facts about Hot Deserts 3: The Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert in South America is the driest desert in the world. There is no rain for 401 years (between 1570 and 1971). The desert only receives a centimeter of rainfall every 5 to 20 years.

Facts about Hot Deserts 4: Sahara desert

Sahara desert is the largest and hottest desert in the world. It is located in North Africa. It covers 3,500,000 square miles of Africa. Besides, the Sahara has giant sand dunes which can spread across 12 countries.

Sahara desert

Sahara Desert

Facts about Hot Deserts 5: The Chihuahuan Desert

The largest desert in North America is the Chihuahuan Desert. It covers 175,000 square miles of America.

Facts about Hot Deserts 6: Animal

Snakes, lizards, kangaroos, insects, camels, small rodents, pumas, owls, jackels, tarantulas, kit fox, locusts, and coyotes are animals that live in hot desert. Most of them are nocturnal. It means they sleep during the day and wake to hunt at night. It is because the temperature is hot at day and cool at night.

Facts about Hot Deserts 7: Plants

As we know that there are not many plants in the desert, but some them are able to grow, include grasses, cactus, shrubs, and short trees. They store water in their stems (called as succulents), trunks, and leaves. That’s why they can survive in desert.

Facts about Hot Deserts 8: Mirage/ fatamorgana

If you feel that there is a pool of water in the hot desert, it is called as a mirage or fata morgana. Actually, it is just a trick of the light.

A mirage (fatamorgana)

A mirage (fatamorgana)

Facts about Hot Deserts 9: Inhabitants

Maybe we cannot imagine how people live in the desert. But, there are over 1 billion people live at there including inhabitants of the Mohave Desert, African Bushman and Australian Aborigines of the Kalahari Desert. They have to adapt to their environment because crops is difficult to grow and water is rare. Wow, it’s amazing!

Facts about Hot Deserts 10: Tourism object

Don’t think that we cannot visit the desert. Most of the people visit it to see the beautiful views such as rock
formations and sand colors. Besides, they also can go hiking, rock climbing, dirt biking, and riding on camels. However, don’t forget to bring water.

Hiking in the desert

Hiking in the desert

 

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