desert

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desert

a terrestrial environment in which there is poor soil, climatic extremes of high and low temperatures and low rainfall, and consequently a scarcity of living organisms, all of which must be specially adapted. See XEROPHYTE, METABOLIC WATER.
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In the temperate deserts, there are almost no club mosses, only five species of horsetails, and about a dozen species of ferns, and even these species occur only in very unusual habitats.
Clements are in the USDA -ARS Ecology of Temperate Desert Rangelands Research Unit, 920 Valley Rd.
Longland works at the ARS Ecology of Temperate Desert Rangelands Laboratory in Reno, Nevada.