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.

Facts

Gobi Desert Landscape Gobi Desert Facts:

-Gobi means "Waterless Place"
- It is approximately 500,000 square miles
- Only 5% is sand dunes
- Contains 5 disctinct ecoregions
- Currently expanding due to desertification
- Lies in a rain shadow caused by the Himalayas
- Fifth largest desert in the world
- It is a cold desert
- Populated mostly Mongols and Han Chinese
- Located on a Plateau around 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level



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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.