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China's 'Great Green Wall' Fights Expanding Desert
Throughout the past 40 years, the Earth has lost a third of its arable land to erosion and degradation. China’s efforts to fight the problem have seen mixed results.
Has The ‘Fairy Circles’ Mystery Been Solved? loading...
Has The ‘Fairy Circles’ Mystery Been Solved?
A new study on the strange desert circles puts forward a theory on what’s really been going on in the Namib desert.
Efforts to Save Seabird in World's Driest Desert loading...
Efforts to Save Seabird in World's Driest Desert
Naturalist Jürgen Rottmann strives to protect Peruvian tern's nesting sites amid Chile's growing seaport.
Why Scientists Are Building an Ocean In The Desert loading...
Why Scientists Are Building an Ocean In The Desert
They hope the scaled-down version of the Gulf of California will open doors to exciting new science and outreach opportunities.
Mystery of Lost Roman City Solved: Ancients Greened the Desert? loading...
Mystery of Lost Roman City Solved: Ancients Greened the Desert?
Today it's a mirage-like expanse of monumental ruins. But under the Roman Empire, Palmyra was a trading metropolis, according to historical and archaeological evidence.
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Why Is This Desert Pink?
The world’s driest desert has had an explosion of colour
About Desert

Far from being barren wastelands, deserts are biologically rich habitats with a vast array of animals and plants that have adapted to the harsh conditions there. Some deserts are among the planet's last remaining areas of total wilderness. Yet more than one billion people, one-sixth of the Earth's population, actually live in desert regions.

Deserts cover more than one fifth of the Earth's land, and they are found on every continent. A place that receives less than 10 inches (25 centimetres) of rain per year is considered a desert. Deserts are part of a wider classification of regions called "drylands." These areas exist under a moisture deficit, which means they can frequently lose more moisture through evaporation than they receive from annual precipitation.

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