by Nancy Bo Flood on May 22, 2013

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D IS FOR DESERT: A World Deserts Alphabet by Barbara Gowan and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Think you know something about deserts?  Think again and enjoy the fascinating information in this book which will take you to the many deserts around the world.

First of all, did you know that deserts cover nearly one-third of our earth – and they are rapidly growing?  Oceans cover over another half of Mother Earth.  That doesn’t leave a whole lot of space for all the billions of people.  Something else to think about.

We need to take care of the land we have.  Over-use, greedy consumption of water, and weather changes are creating more desert and less liveable land.

First, enjoy a slow read-through of, D IS FOR DESERT.  You’ll be surprised. HABOOB!  What is that, can you guess?  Certainly you never want to see one – be in one.  A haboob is a monstrous wall of “whirling wind and swirling sand.”

For over four hundred years not a drop of rain fell in the Atacama Desert.

Ergs are wide seas of sand. The largest erg in the world covers an area bigger than Texas and is located on the Arabian Peninsula.

Desert dwellers in some parts of the world harvest the fog for water.  They use “rain nets” to gather droplets brought in from the sea and cooled from fog to dew with the early cool air.

This desert book has many layers to enjoy while sitting in the shade of a tree on a hot summer afternoon and will take you to many strange and unusual places in the world.


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