I think I have a new obsession with the desert. Since I visited it last weekend, I have spent a decent amount of hours asking Mr. Google interesting facts about it, as well as what to do to survive if I ever get lost in it (am I a nerd?). I still had some desert pictures left to post, so I figured I could also share some of the interesting things I’ve read for all the curious minds out there.
1. The world’s largest desert is Antarctica. I know what you’re thinking – “What? If it’s not hot, and there is plenty of water there!”. Right, but an area doesn’t have to be hot to be qualified as a desert – it just needs to lose more moisture than it gains.
2. There are parts of the Atacama Desert (Chile) where no rain has even been recorded; and yet more than 1 million people live there. No, they are not super humans who can survive without water if that’s what you’re thinking. Farmers extract enough water from aquifers and snowmelt streams to grow crops and raise llamas and alpacas.
3. There is on average a mountain rescue in the desert every 3 days.
4. If you get lost in the desert, you don’t have to urinate on your shirt and wear it on your head like Bear Grylls to avoid dying of thirst. You can suck water from the branches of some palms, such as buri and rattan. 3
5. Camels can drink up to 40 gallons of water in one go, and they can also eat pretty much anything, including thorny twigs. Oh, and did you know that they can kick in all four directions with each of their legs? You have been warned.