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Planet Earth - Deserts

This is a worksheet set for students to complete as they watch the Planet Earth deserts video. This is a great episode to use when demonstrating different adaptations that animals and plants employ when faced with a particularly harsh environment. Many of the deserts shown, such as the Gobi or the Atacama, are great examples of how the rainshadow effect can completely rob an ecosystem of moisture.

Essential concepts: Ecosystems, abiotic factors, biotic factors, adaptations, tropical deserts, temperate deserts, polar deserts, altitude, latitude, climate.

Answer Key: Available for purchase at the environmental science instructor resources subscription page.

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