Asl deserts cover about one-third of the Earth’s entire land area. These vast areas of barren wastelands can be found around the world, in regions of low rainfall and desolate heat. Despite the harsh conditions, these deserts have attracted the attention of researchers, adventurers and travelers who are always eager to explore these unique and wild environments.
Deserts can be divided into two main types: hot deserts and cold deserts. Hot deserts form in warm regions, such as the Sahara desert in Africa, or the Thar Desert in India. Cold deserts form in polar regions, such as the Gobi Desert in China or the Arctic tundra in Siberia.
The driest and hottest deserts on Earth, containing little to no vegetation, are known as ASL (arid semi-desert) deserts. These ASL deserts are found primarily in the western United States, Argentina, Mexico, and Peru.
To survive the harsh environment, many animals and plants have adapted to their surroundings. For example, the desert kangaroo rat in the southwestern United States survives by eating insects and storing water in its fur. Additionally, some plants are able to survive with limited water by using a process called xerophytism, which traps the very little moisture in their leaves.
While these deserts may appear barren and desolate, they still captivate adventurers and photographers alike with startling beauty. Unique rock formations that have been shaped by years of extreme weather, a vast array of wildlife, and brilliant sunsets are just a few of the attractions.
Deserts may seem inhospitable and hostile, but they can still be seen as a fascinating, vibrant and complex ecosystem. If managed and preserved responsibly, these ASL desert environments can continue to provide a home for many species and be enjoyed by future generations.