AUSTRALIAN DESERT - CHALLENGES - TEMPERATURE

Hypothermia
- When temp. drops in night, there is a risk of hypothermia.
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Shade
- People search for shade, but this is often a struggle, since desert is barren. - Temp.s in shade can be up to 10C cooler than temp.s in sun. - People create sunshades, from pieces of material and tarpaulin.
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People's bodily strategies and water
- No human is designed to survive desert environment. - People try not so sweat excessively, as else one is loosing body water. - People try and drink as much water as they can find, but they also have to conserve it - extract water from underground.
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Clothing
- Some people wear white robes, which attract as small amount of sun's rays as possible (due to colour) - thin, to keep body as cool as possible. - Cover as much of skin as possible(inc. heat+face) - reduce sunburn and risk of skin cancer.
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Sleep
- People sleep during day, as much as possible, so that they can shelter from heat, and work during night when it is cooler.
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Buildings built underground
- Houses built underground or on side of hill-maximize shelter from heat (e.g. Coober Pedy in South Australia built almost wholly underground, and Prairie Hotel in Parachilna(1m underground).-Caves, which may also contain water.
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Shade

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- People search for shade, but this is often a struggle, since desert is barren. - Temp.s in shade can be up to 10C cooler than temp.s in sun. - People create sunshades, from pieces of material and tarpaulin.

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People's bodily strategies and water

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Clothing

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Sleep

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