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Deserts are arid ecosystems that receive fewer than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year. Death Valley, California, above, receives fewer than 5 centimeters (2 inches) of rainfall every year. However, Death Valley's infrequent rain and extreme temperatures can impact the landscape. This rock's path was created when rainfall produced a shallow lake, which formed a thin layer of ice. The rock was trapped in the ice as it scoured the desert landscape. The ice melted, leaving its tracks in the dried mud.

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Syrian Ibis
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Syrian Ibis

Wild Chronicles heads to Syria, where the northern bald ibis, feared extinct, has returned.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: asia, birds, conservation, deserts, endangered species, ibises, syria, wild chronicles
Sonoran Babies
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Sonoran Babies

Video. Animals thrive in the harsh desert climate.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, animals, arizona, baby animals, california, deserts, mexico, north america, wild chronicles
Honey Ant Adaptations
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Honey Ant Adaptations

Bloated bellies of honey ants are storage vessels for the colony.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: adaptation, australia, deserts, eating, food, honey ants
A Desert Created by Water
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A Desert Created by Water

Large animals like elephants, lions, and giraffes live in Namibia's deserts. How do these animals survive there? The secret is the desert's geography.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: animals, atlantic ocean, currents, deserts, destination wild, erosion, landscape, namib desert, namibia, physical geography, rivers, sand, sand dunes, sediment
Water in the Namibian Desert
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Water in the Namibian Desert

Where does water in the Namibian desert come from? Namibia's geography and the water cycle play key roles in how water reaches this dry place.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: climate, deserts, destination wild, namibia, nat geo wild, skeleton coast, water, weather
Australia's Deadliest
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Australia's Deadliest

Travel to the MacDonnell ranges, and meet some of Australia's most dangerous wildlife including the continent's largest lizard and deadliest snake.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: australia, central bearded dragon, deserts, destination wild, eastern brown snake, nat geo wild, parentie
Racetrack Playa
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Racetrack Playa

Photo: Rock in a barren desert.

  • Concepts: death valley, deserts, landscape, rocks, water
Bombs Away at Nevada Test Site
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Bombs Away at Nevada Test Site

On January 27, 1951, the United States government detonated the first of its series of atomic bombs at the Nevada Test Site.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: deserts, environment, government, health, nevada, nuclear weapons, radiation, research
The Great Green Wall
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The Great Green Wall

The Great Green Wall initiative uses an integrated approach to restore a diversity of ecosystems to the North African landscape.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: africa, agriculture, desertification, environment, great green wall, land use, politics, sahara, sahel, sustainability, vegetation
Sun Sets on 2011 BioBlitz
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Sun Sets on 2011 BioBlitz

Photo: Desert sunset.

  • Concepts: arizona, deserts, landscape, saguaro national park, sunsets
Desert Woodland
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Desert Woodland

Photo: Cactus-like trees in a desert.

  • Concepts: cacti, deserts, joshua trees, nevada, woodlands
butte
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butte

Buttes are tall, steep-sided towers of rock.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: buttes, deserts, landscape, mesas, monument valley, plateaus, rock
Earth's Extremes
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Earth's Extremes

Follow this GeoStory to learn about Earth's extremes, from highest and lowest, to hottest and coldest!

  • Best for: Grades 5-10 (ages 10-16)
  • Concepts: deserts, earth, extreme environments, geology, geostories, lakes, measurement, mountains, rivers, tectonic activity
Negev Desert
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Negev Desert

Photograph: A sign in the middle of a desert warns of the danger or drowning.

  • Concepts: deserts, floods, israel, middle east, water
Pyramid of Khafre
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Pyramid of Khafre

Photo: Tip of an Egyptian pyramid.

  • Concepts: deserts, egypt, pyramid, tombs, tourism
Swirling Texture
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Swirling Texture

Photograph: A swirling pattern in sandstone.

  • Concepts: arizona, deserts, erosion, geology, sandstone, sedimentary rock
Seba Oasis
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Seba Oasis

Photo: Palm trees rise beneath tall sand dunes.

  • Concepts: deserts, freshwater, libya, oases, palm trees, sahara desert, sand
River to the Sea
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River to the Sea

Photograph: River flows through a desert to a body of water.

  • Concepts: dead sea, deserts, israel, jordan, jordan river, west bank
Hermosillo
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Hermosillo

Photograph: City illuminated by lights at dusk.

  • Concepts: cities, deserts, lights, mexico, population
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
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Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Photo: Dun-colored buildings and a mosque stand near a bluff.

  • Concepts: china, deserts, ethnic groups, xinjiang
Photographer: Krista Schlyer
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Photographer: Krista Schlyer

Krista Schlyer is a photographer with a passion for using her work to spread the message of wildlife conservation.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: borders, conservation, deserts, endangered species, krista schlyer, photography, real-world geography, wildlife
Meet the Meerkats
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Meet the Meerkats

Video. A Meerkat is a mammal of the mongoose family. Its habitat is the Kalahari Desert.

  • Best for: Grades 1-8 (ages 6-14)
  • Concepts: cooperation, kalahari desert, matriarchal societies, meerkats, survival
Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert
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Cultivating Life in the Sonoran Desert

A school in Tucson, Arizona, uses gardens and native plant biomes in project-based learning, celebrating local heritage and providing therapy to students.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, arizona, composting, deserts, food, gardening, manzo elementary school, native americans
South America: Physical Geography
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South America: Physical Geography

Encyclopedic entry. South America is a continent of extremes. It is home to the world's largest river (the Amazon) as well as the world's driest place (the Atacama Desert).

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: amazon river, andes, basins, biodiversity, coastal plains, continents, deserts, pampas, physical geography, plateaus, rain forests, rivers, south america, upwelling
Africa: Physical Geography
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Africa: Physical Geography

Encyclopedic entry. Africa has an array of diverse ecosystems, from sandy deserts to lush rain forests.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: africa, continents, deserts, lakes, mountains, physical geography, rain forests, sahara, sahel, savannas