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How Do Animals Survive In The Southwest Desert?

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Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals and plants alike. But animals have an additional problem -- they are more susceptible to extremes of temperature than are plants.


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Fiona O (561)
Friday June 15, 2018, 5:53 pm
Animals receive heat directly by radiation from the sun, and indirectly, by conduction from the substrate (rocks and soil) and convection from the air.

The biological processes of animal tissue can function only within a relatively narrow temperature range. When this range is exceeded, the animal dies. For four or five months of the year, the daily temperatures in the desert may actually exceed this range, called the range of thermoneutrality. Combined with the scarcity of life-sustaining water, survival for desert animals can become extremely tenuous.

Fortunately, most desert animals have evolved both behavioral and physiological mechanisms to solve the heat and water problems the desert environment creates. Among the thousands of desert animal species, there are almost as many remarkable behavioral and structural adaptations developed for avoiding excess heat.

Equally ingenious are the diverse mechanisms various animal species have developed to acquire, conserve, recycle, and actually manufacture water.


Fiona O (561)
Friday June 15, 2018, 5:53 pm
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Ann B (101)
Friday June 15, 2018, 7:52 pm

Colleen L (3)
Friday June 15, 2018, 8:06 pm
Interesting article about these dessert animals.. It fascinates me how they survive with the heat and barely any water. Thanks Fiona

TOM T (248)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 5:39 pm
This is interesting !...
Thanks for the Info
Thank You 4 Sharing .....

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday June 19, 2018, 12:28 am
They are far smarter than humans
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