scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,370
Hot and Dry Desert The four major North American deserts of this type are the Chihuahuan Sonoran Mojave and Great Basin Others outside the US include the Southern Asian realm Neotropical South and Central America Ethiopian Africa and Australian The seasons are generally warm throughout the year and very hot in the summer The winters usually bring little rainfall Temperatures exhibit daily extremes because the atmosphere contains little humidity to block the Suns rays Desert surfaces receive a little more than twice the solar radiation received by humid regions and lose almost twice as much heat at night Many mean annual temperatures range from 20-25 C The extreme maximum ranges from 435-49 C Minimum temperatures sometimes drop to -18 C Rainfall is usually very low andor concentrated in short bursts between long rainless periods Evaporation rates regularly exceed rainfall rates Sometimes rain starts falling and evaporates before reaching the ground Rainfall is lowest on the Atacama Desert of Chile where it averages less than 15 cm Some years are even rainless Inland Sahara also receives less than 15 cm a year Rainfall in American deserts is higheralmost 28 cm a year Soils are course-textured shallow rocky or gravely with good drainage and have no subsurface water They are coarse because there is less chemical weathering The finer dust and sand particles are blown elsewhere leaving heavier pieces behind Canopy in most deserts is very rare Plants are mainly ground-hugging shrubs and short woody trees Leaves are replete fully supported with nutrients with water-conserving characteristics They tend to be small thick and covered with a thick cuticle outer layer In the cacti the leaves are much-reduced to spines and photosynthetic activity is restricted to the stems Some plants open their stomata microscopic openings in the epidermis of leaves that allow for gas exchange only at night when evaporation rates are lowest These plants include yuccas ocotillo turpentine bush prickly pears false mesquite sotol
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA