Deserts make up 1/7th of
the earth's surface. The Sahara is the largest of the 12 main
desert regions. Deserts are formed by a particular combination
of rainfall, temperature, location and landscape. All have less
than 10" of rain annually. Believe it or not, deserts are
a lot more than just sand!
405-1 Desert Cactus:
Cactus are found only in North American deserts. Styrofoam and
toothpicks are the basis for this cactus model that needs even
less water than the real thing.
Coral Snake: The colorful
coral snake is found in the southern desert region of the United
States. It's small but very poisonous. Make his brightly colored
rings with coiled strips of foam.
405-3 Gemstones: Gemstones might seem like an unlikely
part of the desert, but actually much of the world's store of
diamonds, silver, gold, bauxite, iron and copper is mined in
desert regions. Use interesting paper shapes to create the facets
of these gemstones.
405-4 Sand Painted Dunes: When youthink of desert, sand
is the first thing that comes to mind. Actually, rocks are just
as big a part of the landscape. We use colored sand to create
a desert landscape in the colors of the Southwest.
405-5 Lizard: Gila monsters, collared lizards
and scorpions are some of the nocturnal animals common to the
desert. Create a colorful, patterned paper lizard to brighten
up the desert landscape. Gila Monsters are not quite as colorful
as our model, but they have a similar body type with a stout
body, short legs and a short, fat tail.
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