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Hot Deserts | AQA GCSE Geography


Last updated 22 Dec 2023

GCSE Geography Students, test your knowledge & understanding of hot deserts with this interactive topic quiz - produced by the tutor2u Geography team.

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Hot deserts are arid, semi-arid, and hyper-arid regions located in tropical and subtropical latitudes, typically near the equator. Here are some key characteristics of hot deserts:

  • Location: Hot deserts are found in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Australia, and parts of South America.
  • Climate: Hot deserts have a dry and hot climate, with little to no rainfall throughout the year.
  • Topography: Hot deserts are characterized by diverse topography, ranging from sandy dunes to rocky mountains and plateaus.
  • Vegetation: Due to the arid climate, vegetation in hot deserts is sparse and adapted to harsh conditions, such as drought-tolerant plants like cacti and succulents.
  • Animal life: Despite the harsh conditions, hot deserts are home to a wide range of animal species, such as camels, lizards, snakes, and insects.
  • Human settlements: Hot deserts have been inhabited by humans for thousands of years, and indigenous communities have developed unique ways of life and cultural practices to cope with the harsh environment.

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