I have never been to the desert and I don’t know that it’s an environment I would care to visit. I’m most comfortable in colder climates or around water for that matter. So I doubt I am someone who you would want to be Naked and Afraid with in a desert (might be the worst show on television but that’s neither here nor there).
If I am being honest with myself though and I took away the lack of love for warmer climates and was choosing to go to the desert anyways-there is a slight feeling of intimidation that I have. There is a lot of unknown involved in the desert and since I am on the path of discovery, I decided to do some research. After being balls deep into Google searches for the past hour this is what I have learned.
To be considered a desert, there has to be little to no precipitation deeming it hard for plant and animals to survive and flourish being that the living conditions are hostile. One third of the world’s surface is some sort of desert. Because there is little to no vegetation to protect the ground, erosion occurs creating the sand. That’s my super simplified version on the science of deserts and sand and I am sticking to it! Thanks wiki
Fun fact: Antarctica is the largest desert in the world with an area of over 14 million square feet.
See?? It’s this kind of shit that blows my mind. You say Antarctica and I picture icebergs, snow, ice, water and polar bears. Now I’m 100% confused-but reading the definition of a desert again, this totally makes sense. Antarctica is a cold and DRY place with not a ton of vegetation or growth and minimal precipitation. The ice is a sheet over the land mass creating a hostile environment for growth. Its called a tundra.
The other interesting thing I found out about on my adventure into the abyss known as Google is that Antarctica doesn’t have a native human population which obviously means no government. Due to exploration and the need for scientists to understand everything involved with the Earth, 12 countries got together between 1959-1961 and developed the Antarctica Treaty which from what I understand is basically to ensure no military and weapons unload there and to give equal opportunity for discovery by all countries. Big surprise on the U.S. being one of the twelve that’s for sure! Overall, this treaty is probably one of the better things to happen to the world especially now with global warming being the most important nd immediate problem we face. It allows for research to occur in a part of the world that is directly being effected by the G.W. without everything being stopped and prolonged due to politics and conflicting governments etc. YAY WORLD!
So to bring this full circle, who knew that deserts can be both hot and barren AND cold and barren. Now knowing this, I have an interest in deserts (of the cold variety) and hopefully one day I will get to visit one-I can only imagine how beautiful it is in its simplicity. One more thing added to the bucket list!