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.

The Gobi Desert

Although it's only the fifth largest in the world, the Gobi Desert is the most expansive arid region on the Asian continent. The desert spans two countries, covering parts of northern and northwestern China and up into southern Mongolia. A rain shadow desert, Gobi suffers from having most of its rain blocked by the Himalayas. However, this doesn't mean the region receives zero precipitation. In fact, the Gobi gets about 7 inches of rainfall each year.

The Gobi Desert

Gobi is a cold desert, thanks to its northern location and height (roughly 1520 meters above sea level at the area's highest points). As a result, sometimes frost and even snow can be seen capping Gobi's dunes. Temperatures can fall as far minus-40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Summer is no picnic, either, with the heat occasionally rising to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The desert is also far less sandy than other deserts. Instead, the desert floor is mostly bare rock, due in most part to the high winds that whip across the plateau. Gobi may be the fifth largest desert on the planet, but the area actually contains five distinct ecological regions: The Eastern Gobi desert steppe, the Alashan Plateau semi-desert, The Gobi Lakes Valley desert steppe, the Dzungarian Basin semi-desert, and the Tian Shan range.

The Eastern Gobi desert steppe covers the easternmost region, encompassing 281,800 square kilometers. This region spans the area from the Inner Mongolian Plateau in China northward into Mongolia itself. There are many salt ponds and low-lying areas in the Eastern Gobi, as well as the Yin Mountains.

The Alashan Plateau semi-desert sits to the west-southwest of the Eastern Gobi desert steppe. Most of this plateau is made up of desert basins and low-lying mountain ranges, including the Gobi Altai range, the Helan Mountains, and the Qilian Mountains.

The Gobi Lakes Valley desert steppe lies between the Khangai Mountains and the Gobi Altai range, north of the Alashan Plateau.

The Dzungarian Basin semi-desert is situated between the Tian Shan range in the south and the Altai mountains to the north. The area extends from the southeastern corner of Mongolia into China, covering the northern part of Xinjiang province in China.

The Tian Shan range acts as a border between the Dzungarian Basin and the Taklamakan Desert to the west. The Taklamakan is deemed separate from the Gobi because of its sandy basin surrounded by high mountain ranges.

A lot of history has happened across Gobi's dunes, too. The desert is home to the first fossilized dinosaur egg ever found, as well as many other important fossil discoveries. It was part of the great Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history, during the 13th and 14th centuries. Gobi also contained a few important cities for traders to stop and rest while traveling the Silk Road from Europe to China. The Italian explorer Marco Polo encountered Gobi's fabled cities on his epic 24-year journey through Asia back to Venice, which he recounted in his book "The Travels of Marco Polo."

The Gobi Desert continues to grow, and its rapid growth is alarming its neighbors. China is hardest hit, losing valuable grassland to the expanding desert. The Chinese government has announced plans to plant the Green Wall of China, a line of new forest intended to slow the desert's expansion.

Even thought its expansion threatens human habitation, the Gobi remains a distinctly beautiful area of the planet, with a rich history buried beneath its surface.

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The Gobi Desert was formed by farming land having droughts so they could not be farms

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The water long ago filled it and then it dried out from hot days and rock filled it in over time!

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hi everyone how did the gobi desert become a desert in the frist place

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the gobi desert is the fift largest desert in the world when it turns night it is one of the coldest parts of the world about 1ooo peaple died walking in the desert because they had no food or water about 16 people survived in the gobi desert the gobi desert is humongas compared to athlantic ocoan dont trust anyone in the gobi desert IT IS NEARLY AS BIG AS THE REPUPLIC OF IRLAND loadY of people got cancer while in the desert thats all fokes BY JAMIE JORDAN IN 4TH CLASS A MRS KENEDY PLEAS SUSCRIBE THANKYOU

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it is one big desert

it is one big desert

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no the sahara desert is way bigger than the gobi desert

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how?

How did the Gobi Desert become a desert?

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idk ill find out

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Idk maybe climate changes?

Idk maybe climate changes?

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it had sand blown there luvy it aint rocket science!!

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the tectonic plates under the earth are pushed together and they emerge up and become what they are today.

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the Gobi desert became a desert because the wind blew sand and made the Gobe Desert

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Wahoo! My Report on the Gobi desert is almost done! Thank you for the amazing information! This is one cool desert!!

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is there any environmental issues in the Gobi dessert?

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no why wood there be

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is there heat in the gobi desert?

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does the gobi desert have humans living on it

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Yes, mostly nomadic herders

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i don't believe many people would live there due to the lack of rain and ability to grow crops. and i don't imagn many animals would live there to hunt.
that's just my thought up opinion :)

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Thanks 4 the info it helped alot!!!!!!!! :)

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The Gobi Desert is so cool! i can't believe it reaches 112 degrees Fareheight there. Awesome place to get a tan... and a major sunburn.... :)

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I think the sunburn would come first lol

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Nice pics on this thing

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The Gobi desert in my mind is one of the greatest deserts. I am doing it for a project in school and loving every minute of it.

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food web

are there any pics of the gobis food web

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I like Gobi Desert so much.

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thnx for the info i never knew it was a cold desert!
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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.