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They’re all dry, but the world’s deserts are far from being deserted. Some are really hot and some are very cold, but most are anything but empty and lifeless.

Found on every continent, they’re home to plants, animals, and one-sixth of the Earth’s human population. Discover the five types of deserts found on Earth.

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Mountains, Rivers, and Deserts: Geography Game

Mountains, Rivers, and Deserts: Geography Game

Deserts and rivers and mountains, oh my! Try to pinpoint these famous features on a map of the world.
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Watch Death Valley’s Rocks Walk Before Your Eyes

Watch Death Valley’s Rocks Walk Before Your Eyes

It's a mystery scientists had been trying to solve since 1948: How do "sliding rocks" or "sailing stones" up to 600 pounds slither across Death Valley's dried mud? Find out how they finally solved it. More...

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National Geographic
Egypt’s White Desert

Egypt’s White Desert

The wind plays a major role in this desert. Watch as it whittles away towering rocks standing — temporarily — in an extensive sea of sand. More...

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BBC
A Crust of Dust

A Crust of Dust

When the soil in the desert is damaged, dust storms swirl and cause all sorts of unfortunate consequences to humans and the environment. Investigate why this ecology shouldn’t be treated like dirt. More...

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Scientific American
Fish Farm Thrives in Middle of Egypt’s Desert

Fish Farm Thrives in Middle of Egypt’s Desert

Water for a successful fish farm in the Egyptian Sahara bubbles up from beneath the ground. Watch how the dirty water at the bottom of the fish tanks irrigates plants. More...

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BBC
Gobi Desert

Gobi Desert

Once fertile land, the Gobi Desert is growing and eating up farmland. Take a video visit with a National Geographic photographer, who documents the landscape from the air. More...

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National Geographic
Life in the Desert

Life in the Desert

Stretching across more than 100,000 square miles, the Sonoran Desert is the hottest in North America and home to a vast array of exotic plant and animal species. Take a look at this lush desert habitat. More...

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National Geographic
Lost City of Arabia: Desert Finds

Lost City of Arabia: Desert Finds

Thanks to remote sensing technology, archaeologists have turned up artifacts otherwise lost to the sands of time. Find a lost city of Arabia in the Rub al Khali Desert while you discover other deserts on the globe. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Massive Solar Plant a Stepping Stone for Future Projects

Massive Solar Plant a Stepping Stone for Future Projects

A solar energy project in California’s Mojave Desert will power 140,000 homes and provide renewable energy. Investigate the effect the project has on one native inhabitant: the desert tortoise. More...

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NPR
Polar Microbes Get Helping Hand

Polar Microbes Get Helping Hand

Like most deserts, those at the Poles teem with life. Investigate how buried microbes make their homes in surprisingly energetic places — biologically speaking, that is.
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Nature
Sand Dunes: Above the Desert

Sand Dunes: Above the Desert

A photographer who flies, George Steinmetz paraglides above many desert dunes, taking pictures that reveal similarities as well as unique qualities. Watch him sail over the sands. More...

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National Geographic
The Most Beautiful Sand Dunes on Earth

The Most Beautiful Sand Dunes on Earth

Sculptured into spectacular shapes by the wind, desert sand dunes represent some of nature’s longest-lasting wonders. Take a look at stunning dunes across the planet. More...

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Environmental Graffiti
The Singing Wells

The Singing Wells

All the different families from the area meet at the "Sarara" to share stories and pass on messages, as well as water their livestock. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
The World’s Largest Deserts

The World’s Largest Deserts

Deserts stretch all around the globe, covering about one-third of its land surface. Learn the locations of the 10 largest and discover their surface area, type, and more. More...

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Geology.com

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