When most people hear the word “desert” they think of locations in far off countries—like the famed Sahara or Gobi deserts. Yet the United States also has a number of deserts within its terrain that, although lesser known than their Middle Eastern and African counterparts, are every bit as hot and dry and full of unique life forms.
When students start to learn about American geography they are likely to be amazed by the wide array of different climates and ecosystems that exist in the nation. Deserts are a particularly interesting subject since they are relatively rare in comparison to other climate conditions such as woods or even ice. Deserts contain plants—like cactus—and animals that are not found in any other kinds of climates on earth. Hence, desert landscapes can seem almost alien-like yet still uniquely beautiful.
Anyone who has ever camped out in a desert knows how beautiful and clear the sky is at night; deserts are actually ideal for star gazing and learning about the constellations. Deserts also have extremes in temperatures. During the day the temperature in the desert can be mercilessly hot
(in excess of 100 degrees) and at night the temperature can drop below freezing (32 degrees or lower)!
Below is a list of five states in America that contain deserts.