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What is an oasis?

An oasis is a place in the desert where a spring or well furnishes enough water to allow plants to grow. In the desert it hardly ever rains, so there is very little water and few plants and animals.  But even in the driest desert, you can sometimes see an island of green, where trees …

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Where does tapioca come from?

Tapioca is a food starch that comes from the roots of the manioc, or cassava, shrub which grows in the warm lands of the world. Tapioca pudding is a desert that many people like.  Tapioca is made from the thick, starchy roots of a large shrubby plant which grows in Brazil and other warm countries. …

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Why is it cooler in the mountains?

Probably  you have noticed that it is usually much cooler in the mountains than in nearby lowland places. This is because the higher  up you go, the less air there is above you.  The air becomes colder because it cannot absorb as much heat as it is able to hold at sea level. Perhaps the …

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What is a greenhouse?

A greenhouse is a glass building to which flowers and other plants can be grown all year – even when the ground is white with snow. No matter what the weather is like outside, it’s always just right for the plants inside a greenhouse.  The glass roof and walls let in just the right amount …

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What is a timberline?

Some mountains have trees growing clear to their tops, but on many high mountains there is a line above which trees stop growing. The place where trees stop growing is called the “timberline”.  Trees don’t grow above it because they cannot survive the freezing temperatures there. Above the timberline the mountainside is likely to be …

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How did death valley get its name?

Death valley was named in 1849 but the survivors of a party of prospectors, many of whom died of heat and thirst while looking for gold in the valley.  The hottest, driest and lowest place in the United States is Death Valley.  Death Valley is a desert basin that lies mostly in Southern California. Death …

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Why is a desert dry?

Deserts cover nearly a fifth of the earth’s surface.  We would probably describe a desert as a hot, barren land where it hardly ever rains—a land so dry that few plants can grow on it, and where other forms of life also find it difficult to exits.  The desert we have just described occupies nearly …

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