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Sonoran desert

  1. 1. SONORAN DESERTBy Ibrahim, Nathan and Sean
  2. 2. LOCATIONGulf of California,Mexico, USA.
  3. 3. GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURESGeographical features: Thebiome of this area is desertand xeric shrub land, whichare shrub lands with very littlemoisture. The mountainranges of this area are locatedin the north of Mexico, and thearea of the Sonoran desert isapproximately 120,000 squaremiles, which is 310,798.5732square meters.Surprisingly this is shaped likea horseshoe.A family of Saguaros cactus...
  4. 4. ANIMAL SHELTERSAnimal shelters: The reason that many animalslive in the hot, dry wasteland, is that this area isclose to the ocean, so it rains up to 25 centimetersof rain, which is enough for the cacti to grow large.But the Sonoran desert is really hot, so theanimals living there need to adapt to the harshenvironment. For example, the Kangaroo ratdoesnt need water because it obtains water fromthe plant and vegetation it digested. Anotherexample is on the Jackrabbit. Its very large earscontain allot of blood vessels, which helps itrelease heat inside its body. Most animals digdeep burrows in the ground to keep cool.Scientists have discovered about 60 mammalspecies living in the Sonoran desert, 350 birdspecies, 20 amphibian species, 100 reptilespecies, 30 native fish species, 1000 native beespecies, and 2000 native plant species, making atotal of 3560 species of flora and fauna in thisamazing part of the world. Although it doesntreally look anything like a desert!What a strange desert...
  5. 5. ADAPTIONSAdaptions: Have you ever wondered how animals and plants survive the desert? Howdo they lose heat? How are they able to live with such little amounts of water? And howare they able to survive the freezing temperatures at night? Well these are youranswers. Plants can survive these conditions easily since they can store amounts of water insidetheir bodies. Animals, however, have disadvantages, since they cant keep water insidetheir body for very long. But a solution to this problem is that nearly every animal livingin the Sonoran desert avoid the high temperatures in the day, so this means they aremostly active in the cool night. Another solution is that birds or mammals can decreasethe amount of heat in their body by shedding some of their fur or feathers. Otherwisethere are many ways for animals to adapt the heat and climate.An amazing view ofthe valley...
  6. 6. INTERESTING FACTS• The Sonoran desert is home to 17 Native American tribes.• There are more species of animals and plants living in theSonoran desert than other forests. • There have been signs of people living in this desert for the past12000 years. • There is an average rescue on the mountain in the valley everythree days. • If youre thirsty in the Sonoran desert, youre already dehydrated.It is Springtime in the Sonoran desert...
  7. 7. ANIMALS AND PLANTSThe Sonoran desert has lots of animals and plants. The plants are all very interesting, animals on the over handare very weird especially the kangaroo rat.Here are some animal factsThe Kangaroo Rat has tiny arms and big feet and is not endangered.The Gambels quail is a unique bird and is an extremely popular hunting bird.And now some plantsThe Prickly pear cactus is also called a tuna and live for 20 years.The Fishhook barrel cactus is quite small and is shaped like a barrel.There are many, many animals in the Sonoran desert.Smallest kangaroo inthe world...
  8. 8. CONCLUSIONWell, was the Sonoran desert interesting? Was this presentationexcellent? We cant say if it was interesting or excellent, that is yourdecision. But we think that this work on the Sonoran desert was one ofour most favourite projects.WHERE the desert is, HOW much specieslive in the Sonoran desert, and how DO they survive the harshenvironment. But we would like to say...Greenery of theSonoran...