Welcome to Plum Landing! Hello, Blorb. Hello, Blorbians. Hello, my fellow Blorbians. Friends from Blorb, hello! Here’s another Plum post
from Earth. Today, the desert. Like most Blorbians, I used to think deserts were
just blazing hot sand dunes, completely dry
and pretty much dead. But now I know the truth! First of all, there’s a lot
of desert on Earth. If you smooshed all the land
into one spot, this is how much desert. So because you find deserts
everywhere, from the tops of mountains
all the way down to Antarctica, guess what? They’re not all alike! Some deserts, like the ones in
Australia, Africa and the U.S., are hot. Others, like Antarctica and
the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, are cold. And really, even the hot deserts
can get cold at night. Now, I know what you’re
thinking, my Blorbian friends. You’re thinking, “If some deserts are hot
and some are cold, what makes them all deserts?” Fantastic question,
and here’s the answer. Deserts are places that get
very little rainfall. But– and this is
the amazing part– where there’s even the teensiest
bit of water, there’s life. So deserts aren’t dead at all. There’s plenty of life, though sometimes,
you have to look for it. I sent my five earthlings
to the Australian desert, and they came back with
a gazillion animal pictures! Well, 47. Anyway, they found lots
of small animals: frogs, ants, spiders
and bilbies, and even some big ones like
emus, kangaroos and camels. All of these animals
have an adaptation, a special part of their body that makes it easier for them
to find or store liquids. Want to see my favorite
of all adaptation? Watch this! The thorny devil. He soaks up water with his skin, then rolls it off his back
into his mouth. As Oliver would say, “Awesome!” So that’s all for now. From beautiful, splendiferous
planet Earth, this is Plum signing off.