At a Glance

Size:The Gobi desert covers 1.3 million square kilometers and is elevated with hot summers and cold winters.


Climate: Gobi is a very cold desert yet it rarely snows. It is located above sea level. Rainfall is up to 7.6 inches per anum.


Conservation and ecology: The eggs of dinosaur were first identified in Gobi desert. The desert is a main source of various important fossil finds.


Adaptations: To survive in Gobi desert, the plants have to lose their leaves until it rains again. They are gifted with long roots that absorb water from a large area. Animals get their water from the food they eat, and come out at night.

Animals

CamelThe Gobi desert is an extremely rugged environment, with temperature extremes ranging from minus-40 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The area receives less than 8 inches of rain a year, and has a population density of fewer than 3 people for every square mile of harsh terrain. However, this brutal region still hosts a wide variety of animals, illustrating that life can adapt to even some of the worst conditions on the planet.

The smallest animal species living in the Gobi is known as the jerboa. These small rodents are built almost like kangaroos, with powerful hind legs allowing them to leap as much as 10 feet at a time. They also have a long tail like a kangaroo that helps them maintain their balance as they hop across the rocky landscape.

Jerboas have an enemy, though: Golden eagles. These birds of prey can reach weights of 13 lbs on a diet of jerboa, living for almost 18 years in the wild. Some of the nomadic residents of the Gobi have even trained golden eagles to hunt for them.

Another animal species that makes the Gobi desert its home is the snow leopard. They used to roam across the cold Gobi in great numbers, but as the human population of the area has grown their numbers have dwindled. Snow leopards are now on the Endangered Species list, with only as many as 1,700 individual leopards remaining in the wild.

The Gobi desert is also home to the Gobi bear, one of the most seriously endangered species on Earth. Human encroachment on their home territory has reduced to the number of surviving Gobi bears to an estimated 50 surviving individuals. They may yet live on, however, as new feeding programs and protected areas have been initiated to raise their numbers to more sustainable levels in the future.

These are only a few of the species that call the Gobi their home. Many other animals that live in the Gobi desert, like camels, wolves, musk ox, and ibex, are also found in other parts of the world. The climate and terrain may be extreme, but animal life continues to find a way to survive. In the distant past, when the climate was different, the area of the Gobi Desert was home to a vast number of animals. Today it is rich and diverse source of fossils for paleantologists.

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*awesome smart one ;)

*awesome smart one ;)

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what what

yep. Im in biology doing a project. and this site is........... *awesome* btw. the jerboa is amazing and I want one. #jizzygazza

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awesome

awesome website

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CAMELS R CUTE

Its so cute I think If its a girl Lily would be a good name it is so cute

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that is so cute

you wouldn't like it if I saw a picture of U and said you were ugly.they seriously cute omg i wish i could adopt one .

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Whhattt? That is cute!

Omg, how is that not cute? Adorable! What if someone told you, you were ugly? ¬¬

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I AM LOVENT HIS PICTURE

I AM LOVENT HIS PICTURE

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that looks funny it is kinda cute lolzz

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that is ugly

how is that cute

wtf

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really

that is right.

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This looks like Lily :)

This looks like Lily :)

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How Cute!

I believe that is the cutest camel I have ever seen.

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YES

yea its so cute

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At a Glance

Desertification: The Gobi desert is expanding in a process known as desertification. It is expanding into China’s grassland. Dust storms have increased heavily damaging agriculture.


Plants: The desert flora includes the Saxaul Tree, Saltwort, wild onions, desert shrubbery and grass


Animals: The desert is a home for many different animals like black-tailed gazelles, bactrian camels, wolves, marbled polecats, Mongolian wild ass, brown bears, snow leopards, and sandplovers.