Hot Deserts

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This module contains:

  •  An editable PowerPoint lesson presentation
  • Editable revision handouts
  • A glossary that covers the key terminologies of the module
  • Topic mindmaps for visualising the key concepts
  • Printable flashcards to help students engage active recall
  • A quiz with an answer key to test knowledge and understanding of the module

Hot Deserts

Hot deserts are ecosystems that experience high temperatures and are located near the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, often between 15º and 30º north and south latitude. Biodiversity is low here because of the climate, and species that do live here are specialized to survive the harsh conditions. Approximately 30% of Earth’s surface is arid lands, the location of which is determined by latitude, atmospheric circulation, and terrain.

This ​A-Level Hot Deserts module will enable students to:​

  • Define and describe hot deserts as a natural system
  • Explain how desertification occurs and describe its impacts
  • Describe what arid landscapes are and how they develop
  • Describe some of the processes involved in aridification
  • Enumerate and describe different examples of arid landforms
  • Apply these concepts in a case study of the Sahara Desert

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More Natural World Modules

​Hot Deserts is one lesson in our Natural World module. The other theory lessons can be found below: