Earth's Deserts: Definition, Distribution & Location


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Which of the following would be considered as a desert region?

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1. Why do global patterns of air circulation influence desert regions?

2. What can often be found between 30°S and 30°N?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several characteristics that can help you to identify desert habitats, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help evaluate your comprehension of these characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will assess your ability to:

  • Define desert
  • Recall the characteristics of deserts
  • Remember what causes deserts to form
  • Recall where most deserts are found

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on characteristics of deserts
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding rain shadow zones and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast terms from the lesson, such as atmosphere and hydrosphere

Additional Learning

To learn more about desert habitats, take a look at the complementary video lesson on the Characteristics of Deserts. While reviewing this lesson, you will encounter the following objectives:

  • Know what makes an area a desert
  • Define flash flood
  • Understand how plants and animals have adapted to desert habitats
  • Define atmosphere and hydrosphere
  • Understand how the atmosphere is directly related to the location of deserts
  • Identify and understand where most deserts are found
  • Define rain shadow zones