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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.

Photograph by Steve Zappe, MyShot

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Honey Ant Adaptations

Honey Ant Adaptations

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

Sahara Dust Layer

Sahara Dust Layer

A gust of wind can quickly blow through a small area, and strong winds can carry debris such as volcanic ...

A Desert Created by Water

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 ...

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