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Karen K.
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The sandy-colored areas are deserts.

Desert Location
Deserts are located in many of the continents. North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia all have varying degrees of desert land. North America's deserts are located mainly in the United States, towards Nevada, Arizona and such. Africa's gigantic desert spaces are basically in the extreme north and south of the continent as well as Saudi Arabia. The Sahara is the largest hot desert on Earth, while the barren land of the frozen Antarctica is the biggest. Weird, right? Antarctica is the biggest desert on the planet, and it's freezing! But its true. Deserts are dry, barren lands that lack vegetation and precipitation, no matter the temperature. The Sahara Desert is located in the northern part of Africa. It gets few rainstorms, though the few they do get are often violent and cause flash floods. The Antarctic Desert is obviously located in Antarctica. It is similar, except it is covered year round by a thick layer of permafrost, ice that keeps the ground frozen even during the Antarctic summers. Just like the Sahara, little precipitation falls year round.

Desert Climate
Desert climates are not just hot or cold all day. During the day, hot deserts can reach temperatures of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but during the night, it can be as cold as 32 degrees. The few rainstorms it gets during the year are usually downpours that can cause dangerous flash floods. The average precipitation in the winter of deserts (generally) is 2 inches. Spring is 1.5 inches, the dry summer is 0.25 inches, the wet summer is 2.25, and, finally, fall is 1.74 inches. The high temperature in winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit high, 43 degrees low. Spring: 77 degrees Fahrenheit high, 50 degrees Fahrenheit low. Dry summer: 99 degrees Fahrenheit high, 68 degrees low. Wet summer is 103 degrees high, 78 degrees low, and fall is 87 degrees high, 61 degrees low. Once again, this is all generally. Deserts are all different from each other. Antarctic deserts are just cold all day, although it probably is colder at night. Hot deserts are the ones with diverse climates. The treeless, barren wasteland that is a desert means that there is little protection from the sun's warmth during the day, and no protection from the freezing cold night, which doesn't have the warmth of the sun. The average temperature is 64 degrees. Scientists disagree on how many seasons a desert has. Most people seem to think deserts have five seasons. Winter, spring, summer, summer, and fall. The summers are different only in their amount of precipitation. The first summer is dry, while the other is wet.

winter in the desert

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A sandstorm in Iraq in 2005