||HOT OR COLD?
The journey through the great state of Utah continues;
and this part of your virtual trip takes you to some of the most
beautiful and unique country on the entire planet, Bryce Canyon,
which is an example of a cold desert. Another example of a cold
desert in Utah is the "Great Basin" area. The temperature ranges
in cold desert biomes are extreme. The Great Basin area is one
of the few deserts on the planet where the temperature often falls
below freezing. It is cold enough in the Great Basin desert to
snow in the winter.
|The Great Basin Desert
in Utah has long periods of cold weather and somewhat higher precipitation
than other deserts (10-20 inches). Much of this precipitation falls
as snow which is no surprise to you if you happen to live in this
Find out more about Bryce Canyon or the Great Basin
area on the Internet. Write a report about your research.
Animals that make their home in the cold desert
must be able to adapt to the extremely cold winters and very hot
summers. Animals that live in the cold desert include the badger,
bald eagle, bison, coyote, gopher snake, antelope, jackrabbit,
mule deer and prairie dogs.
Plants that live in the cold desert include , the
sego lily which is Utah's State Flower, bitterbrush, different
types of grasses, rabbit brush, and sage brush. Of course these
are plants that are "native" to the cold desert. The Great Basin
area has many more types of plants than it did two hundred years
ago. Can you provide a reason why?
Use the Internet or a book to identify the plant
and animals above. Write a paragraph on each of them.
Of course you have heard the story of the pioneers
coming into the area more than 150 years ago. Use the Internet
or other resources to find historical descriptions of the area
in which you presently live. Write a paper explaining the changes
in animal and plant life have taken place since that time. Include
species that may have left the area and plant and animal life
that now live in your area that did not when the pioneers arrived.
Also explain what you think would happen to your area if all of
the people were to suddenly leave Utah.
Look on a map and find an area of Asia that is
about the same latitude (distance north of the equator) as where
you live. Find out what type of biome(s) the country has. Are
they similar to any of Utah's biomes? Use the Internet to find
information and photographs about the country. Make a poster or
a presentation with the informaiton that you find.