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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Deserts 
Answer/Pointer: The word "desert" makes many people think of shriveled cacti, sun-scorched sand dunes, and shimmering waves of heat. Yet despite its barren appearance, the desert is a fascinating place filled with unusual beauty and inhabited by an amazing variety of plants and animals. FAST FACTS: Five largest: Sahara, Australian, Arabian, Gobi, Kalahari Desert coverage: 20% of the earth's land surface Average annual rainfall: Less than 10 inches (25.4 cm) Highest recorded temperature: 136.4 degrees F (58 degrees C) in the Sahara Desert World's driest region: Atacama Desert in Chile and Peru Driest region in the U.S.: Death Valley Annual increase in desert regions: 2700 sq. miles (7830 sq. km.) 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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