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Deserts occupy one third of the surfaces above the water level, and are present in all the continents. In these environments rain is very scarce: at times for a few drops of water to fall from the sky it may even take years.
The temperature at day time reaches very high values, while at night it drops greatly because a large amount of heat present on the surface disperses in the atmosphere. However life does not stop even in the desert, and even though there are thousands of difficulties, it successfully can resist a climate that is so unfavourable, by resorting to very effective expedients.

subjects dealt with in Desert

Desert biome

The desert (from the Latin deserere, to abandon) is a habitat with poor rainfalls. In many deserts, the annual rainfall…

Man and desert

Despite the desert being so inhospitable, there are ethnic groups living in these places; they are groups of people that…

Desertification

According to the figures reported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 25% of the earth's land is threatened by…

special reports

  • 22 March 2017 / Ecosystems

    Road runoff and environmental pollution

    What is road runoff? Rain, in falling to the ground, can be contaminated in two ways: as a result of…

    6 February 2017 / Ecosystems

    Robotics: environmental monitoring and more

    The European Robotics Week (18-27 November) during which more than 830 events were organised in 30 countries, has just ended.…

    6 October 2015 / Ecosystems

    Coastal lagoons: Pialassa della Baiona

    Walking along the banks of a lagoon is like being on an uncertain boundary line between two worlds: freshwater and…

  • 22 September 2015 / Ecosystems

    An artificial paradise under the sea

    In the blue If we were to go scuba diving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean we could meet…

    10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

    8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

    8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

  • 22 March 2017 / Ecosystems

    Road runoff and environmental pollution

    What is road runoff? Rain, in falling to the ground, can be contaminated in two ways: as a result of…

    6 February 2017 / Ecosystems

    Robotics: environmental monitoring and more

    The European Robotics Week (18-27 November) during which more than 830 events were organised in 30 countries, has just ended.…

  • 6 October 2015 / Ecosystems

    Coastal lagoons: Pialassa della Baiona

    Walking along the banks of a lagoon is like being on an uncertain boundary line between two worlds: freshwater and…

    22 September 2015 / Ecosystems

    An artificial paradise under the sea

    In the blue If we were to go scuba diving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean we could meet…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

    8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

  • 22 March 2017 / Ecosystems

    Road runoff and environmental pollution

    What is road runoff? Rain, in falling to the ground, can be contaminated in two ways: as a result of…

  • 6 February 2017 / Ecosystems

    Robotics: environmental monitoring and more

    The European Robotics Week (18-27 November) during which more than 830 events were organised in 30 countries, has just ended.…

  • 6 October 2015 / Ecosystems

    Coastal lagoons: Pialassa della Baiona

    Walking along the banks of a lagoon is like being on an uncertain boundary line between two worlds: freshwater and…

  • 22 September 2015 / Ecosystems

    An artificial paradise under the sea

    In the blue If we were to go scuba diving in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean we could meet…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

  • 8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

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