Desert Ecosystems: How Biodiversity Impacts Hot and Cold Deserts


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Which of the following is the characteristic that defines a desert?

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1. Which of the following is NOT one of the ways plants that live in hot deserts are specialized?

2. Which of following organisms is NOT found in Antarctica?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the life found in a desert ecosystem. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include characteristics of a desert and how plants adapt to survive in the desert environment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The characteristic that defines a desert
  • How plants adapt in hot deserts in order to survive
  • Plants that can be found in cold deserts
  • The term 'xerocoles' and its meaning
  • The location of the primary biodiversity found around cold deserts

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as precipitation and xerocoles
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the impact of biodiversity on desert ecosystems
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding hot and cold deserts and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about plantlife in deserts

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson on The Impact of Biodiversity on Desert Ecosystems. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand what characteristics define a desert
  • Know what precipitation encompasses
  • Explore the biodiversity of hot and cold deserts
  • Understand how plants and animals may adapt to survive in hot and cold deserts