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Science: from High Tide in Tucson

Science: from High Tide in Tucson
Desert Climates (p. 134)

When you think of a desert, Antarctica probably doesn't come to mind first. Deserts are classified into three types. Low-latitude deserts, such as the Sahara of North Africa, lie near the equator, and are hot and dry all year long. In mid-latitude deserts, like the one described in "High Tide in Tucson," the climate varies from light frost in winter to extreme heat in summer. High-latitude deserts lie near the North and South Poles and include the frozen deserts of Greenland and Antarctica. Learn more about desert climates by clicking through the links below.

DesertUSA http://www.desertusa.com/ life.html
Site examines desert life in the American Southwest. Explore the geology, animals, and plants of the desert.

State of Arizona http://www.state.az.us
Learn about communities in Arizona, plan a virtual trip, access resources, play games, and more!

Mojave National Preserve http://www.nps.gov/ moja/ home.htm
The National Park Service presents this Web site on the Mojave desert. Learn about life in this delicate ecological area.

Ecosystems in the United States http://www.fs.fed.us/ land/ ecosysmgmt/ ecoreg1_home.html
Learn about the ecosystems in the U.S. on this site from the Forest Service.