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Deserts - Introduction



Deserts - Introduction
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5

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     challenging words:    edgeless, mirage, receding, sandstorm, overall, ecosystem, rainfall, surrounding, across, palms, pressing, atmosphere, journey, stretch, longer, faster
     content words:    Sahara Desert, United States


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1     Riding camels across a seemingly edgeless stretch of land, we see waves and waves of sand dunes. The sun is baking the ground because there are no clouds to block it. Suddenly, a wild wind whirls the sand around us, making us temporarily blind. After the sandstorm is over, we can no longer recognize where we just came from and where we are going. Tired, thirsty, and covered with sand, we have no choice but to keep pressing our camels to walk on. The sun is receding, and we need to set up our tents for the night.
 
2     After the sun goes down, hot becomes cold, and cold becomes freezing! Since there are no clouds to keep heat from escaping into the atmosphere, the temperature can vary a great deal between day and night. We wake up the next morning and continue our journey, hoping that we will have better luck in finding an oasis. Then, suddenly, we see tall date palms surrounding a blue lake in front of us. Is it a mirage, or is it an oasis? We urge our camels to walk even faster. Yes! We are not dreaming. This is an oasis! We are saved!

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