Even though we grow lots of produce in the Imperial Valley, we actually live in a desert. In the desert we have low humidity, because it hardly ever rains. We live in a dry heat. In the Imperial Valley, it gets very hot during the day and very cold at night.
Despite the hot weather and very little rain, there are a lot of plants that can thrive in the desert. For example, in our desert you can see a lot of cacti and different bushes. You can also find many different lizards, bugs, and spiders. Coyotes, foxes, and different birds live in the desert too.
Did you know that some deserts are covered in ice? Not all deserts are hot. Actually, only 20% of deserts on the Earth are covered in sand. The rest are all cold deserts, covered in ice or snow.
The highest recorded temperature on Earth was 134 degrees in Death Valley, California. The Antarctic Ice Sheet is the coldest desert in the world, and makes up almost the entire continent of Antarctica.
Fun facts about the desert:
In the video game Mario Kart 64, there is a racetrack named the ‘Kalamari Desert,’ which is named after the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa.
The Sahara Desert is located in northern Africa. It goes through 12 different countries.
The original meaning of the word desert is “an abandoned place.”
Deserts can be good locations to farm solar energy.