Across the Desert by Camel

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AcrosstheDesertbyCamel Thedesertsunbakestheairandtheland.Blowingsandfeelslike brokenglassontheskin.It’shardforpeopletomakeitthroughthis harshplacealive.Foracamel,though,desertsurvivaliseasy. Acamel’sbodyissuitedfordesertlife.A camelhasbroad,flatpaddedfeetthat won’tsinkintothesand.Toshieldagainst blowingsand,acamel’searsarelinedwith fur.Itseyelashesmaylooklongand dreamy,buttheyarereallyno-nonsense eyeprotectors.Theyhelpblocksandfrom gettingintoitseyes. PeoplealloverNorthAfricaandWestAsia dependoncamels.Eventoday,theyride camelsandusethemaspackanimals.Acamelcancarryapersonor hundredsofpoundsofgoodsacrossmanymiles. Onadeserttrip,acamelcanliveonverylittlefoodandwater.Itshump storesfatsoitcangowithouteatingfordays.Acamelcanloseasmuch asafourthofitsbodyweightwithoutgettingsick.Also,itsbody temperaturecanrisebymorethan10ºFbeforeitsweatstogiveoffbody heat.Inthisway,thecameldoesn’tloseasmuchwaterfromsweatasa horseorapersonwould.Thecamel’stemperaturegoesdownwhenthe desertcoolsoffatnight. Torecoverfromalongdeserttrip,acameldrinksasmuchas21gallons ofwaterintenminutes.Drinkingthatmuchwatersoquicklymightkill anyotheranimal.Butneithertoomuchwaternortoolittleseemsto hurtacamel.Afterafewdays’rest,thecamelisreadytocrossthe desertagain! X X X ™ ©AdvancedAssessmentSystems/LinkIt!Duplicationisrestrictedtolicenseesonly.

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