The Desert - Life Nature Library Author:A. Starker Leopold Stretches of desolate sand dunes, dry lakes, distant buttes shimmering in the heat - this is what most people picture when they think of "the desert." Thus it might seem appropriate that the word "desert" comes from a Latin word meaning "abandoned." In reality the deserts are anything but abandoned. All of them contain native plants, animals and... more » even humans, as well as some of the world's most awe-inspiring scenery.
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