This sign, in Israel's Negev Desert, may look like a joke, but the dangers of desert flash floods are very real. In many desert landscapes, water is not absorbed into the ground during infrequent, heavy rains. During a sudden storm, water scours the dry, hard-baked land, gathering sand, rocks, and other loose material as it flows. A flash flood like this can sweep away anything and anyone in its path.

Photograph by Avital Greener, MyShot
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A flood happens when water overflows or soaks land that is normally dry. There are few places on Earth where people don’t need to be concerned about flooding.

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Deserts are areas that receive very little precipitation.