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Cool Deserts

Definition - What does Cool Deserts mean?

Cool deserts are barren areas characterized by short summers, long winters with cold temperatures all year round, and present formidable challenges to life forms that dwell in them. Cold deserts have high rainfall throughout winter and occasionally through summer, as well as snowfall in winter. They occur in the Antarctic, Greenland and the Nearctic realm.

Safeopedia explains Cool Deserts

In a cold desert it never gets warm enough for many plants to grow, other than some kinds of grass and moss. The animals in cold deserts have to burrow down into the earth much like in hot deserts, but, in this case, to keep warm, not cool. Due to this, it is possible to find some of the same animals in a cold desert as you would in hot and dry deserts.

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