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How do I describe a desert?

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A desert is described by the United States Geological Survey as an arid place with little rainfall and very little vegetation or animal life. USGS also describes deserts as being stark.

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How do I describe a desert?
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Although most people would describe deserts as very hot places, deserts can also be cold. Contrary to popular belief, a desert designation is based on the average amount of precipitation received each year rather than the temperature. The McCurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica have an average temperature of -4 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the coldest desert in the world, and it receives only about 4 inches of precipitation each year.

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