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04Oct 18

Turning desert into farmland in China

China is fighting desertification. More than a third of the nation’s territory is threatened by the spread of desert terrain. Scientists are turning desert into farmable land. They mix algae, moss, and lichen together and spray them on the sand. This forms what the scientists call a “cryptobiotic crust.” It…

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15Aug 17

California deserts in “super bloom” thanks to a wet winter

After an unusually wet winter, California deserts have been experiencing a “super bloom.” In the valleys of Anza-Borrego, California’s largest state park, flowers such as sunflowers, poppies, evening primrose, and more are covering the Coyote Mountains foreground and badlands. Visitors from around the world come to see the rare and…

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Science Daily Desert News

Desert News -- ScienceDaily

Read all about the desert biome, including articles on desertification, semi-arid conditions and more.

Desert Food Web

Video: Camels in the Desert

Source: Shutterstock 

A camel and two calves walk across a desert in Oman.

Web Resources

Tweets from Mojave National Preserve

Characteristics and Climates of a Desert

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