Tag Archive for ‘Desert ecology’

A matter of life and Death Valley

Of all the varied landscapes of the North American continent, none boasts more extremes than California’s Death Valley. Named for its harsh environment and capacity for doing away with poorly-prepared travellers, it boasts the continent’s lowest point (at 86m below sea level), the world’s highest reliably recorded air temperature (56.7 °C, at the aptly-named Furnace Creek), and sees only 60 to 70mm of rain per year on average. Death Valley is the perfect place to look at biological adaptations to desert environments

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