Interdependence in the hot desert

Interdependence between the different components (climate, water, soils, plants, animals and people) of the hot desert is essential for life to thrive. The living components that inhabit the hot desert are connected to each other and the physical environment. For example, people are dependent on their animals for milk and food as well as their use as pack animals. Humans are also dependant on water for their survival.

Other examples of interdependence include:

  • complex food webs involving energy and nutrients gained from water, soils and vegetation being transferred between different species.
  • the sustainable co-existence of humans, plants and animals in semi-arid environments.
  • the adaptations made by plants and animals to survive the hot desert climate and soils.
  • the damage that human actions, such as overgrazing and over-cultivation, can cause to the natural environment.
  • the impact of climate change on water, soils, plants, animals and people.

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