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Hot environment ecosystems case study: the Sonoran desert

Location facts

Located on the borders of Southern California, Sothern Arizona and
Northern Mexico.
Area is made up of mountain ranges, plains and basins underlain by igneous
or metamorphic sediments
The most arid part is the Salton trough, which is the lowest…

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Animal adaptations

Ring tail lemur

Nocturnal- to avoid the heat at daytime and to avoid predators.
Gets a lot of water from seeds

Jack rabbit

Large ears- able to lose heat quickly
Pale fur- stops heat from being absorbed and acts as camouflage.

Desert tortoise

Burrows underground to escape heat…

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Domesticated animals such as Donkeys have escaped and multiplied in the
wild, which caused a decline in native species like the bighorn sheep.
Non-native species like tamarisk introduced as a windbreak displacing
cotton woods, and desert willows. Baffle grass was introduced to improve
pasture; by occupying gaps in the vegetation…


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