Lands characterized by features such as sand and dry riverbeds may be called deserts, but they are far from deserted. Life teems there, even if some of it is hidden. Some people may be surprised to know that Canada has a desert ecozone. Parts of the North are sometimes referred to as Arctic deserts, but Canada’s other desert is the real deal —complete with sand, dry air and desert-adapted species.
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