Deserts (Science Readers: Biomes and Ecosystems) by Yvonne Franklin

By Yvonne Franklin

Deserts could seem like harsh, uninhabitable locations, yet truly they aid a various volume of plant and animal existence. And, they don't seem to be consistently scorching! Deserts serve a major position in Earth's lifestyles, too. Readers find out about cold and hot deserts alike, in addition to semiarid and coastal deserts. From the Horned Lizard to the Saguaro cactus rooted in wealthy soil, the wasteland biome will amaze readers.

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She also liked to read and write stories. When she grew up, she wrote about nature. Her most famous book is called Silent Spring. It tells how pollution can harm living things. Rachel Carson helped people to see how important it is to take care of our planet. Mary Cleave is an expert in many areas of science. In school, she studied biology, ecology, and engineering. She spent a lot of time after college studying animals in nature. She especially did research on the desert and its animals. Then, in 1980, she became a NASA astronaut!

Bonus question: What part do people play in this ecosystem? 29 Glossary amphibian—cold-blooded animal that lives in both water and on land biome—complex community that is characterized by its common plants, animals, and climate coastal desert—desert that runs along the coast of an ocean, and usually has a short winter and long summer cold desert—high-latitude desert often covered in ice or snow desert—area of land characterized by low rainfall ecosystem—geographical area where plants, animals, land, air, and water all interact endangered—in danger of becoming extinct environment—the air, water, minerals, living things, and everything else surrounding an area or organism hot desert—dry, sandy, low-latitude desert mammal—warm-blooded animal that gives birth to live young pollen—the fertilizing part of flowering plants reptile—cold-blooded vertebrate such as a tortoise or snake semiarid desert—desert that is somewhat more wet than other deserts, getting some level of moisture through dew and other sources species—group of living things that share common genetic and behavioral characteristics 30 Index Antarctica, 8–9 latitude, 8–9 aphid, 16–17 major deserts, 6 barrel cactus, 22–23 ostrich, 14–15 bighorn sheep, 18 pickleweed, 20–21 biome, 7 pupfish, 16 camel, 8, 19 quail, 14–15 camel thorn tree, 24–25 queen butterfly, 16–17 chuckwalla, 12–13 rainfall, 4, 9 coastal desert, 9 roadrunner, 14–15 creosote bush, 4–5, 22–23 saguaro cactus, 22–23 desert holly, 20–21 Sahara Desert, 6, 8–9 dust devil, 22 scorpion, 16–17 ecosystem, 6–7 semiarid desert, 9 environment, 10 sidewinder rattlesnake, 12 horned lizard, 13 soil, 4, 21, 25 hummingbird, 14–15 Sonoran desert toad, 17 hyena, 18 tarantula, 16–17 Kalahari Desert, 6, 24 temperature, 9 kangaroo rat, 18 wildflowers, 10, 20–21 lappet-faced vulture, 14 windmill, 10–11 31 Scientists Then and Now Rachel Carson (1907–1964) Mary L.

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