Roughly one-third of the Earth’s land is covered in desert.
In survival situations, people have gone days, even weeks without food and come out alive. But go a day in the desert without water, and very bad things can happen quickly. A minimum of 2 quarts of water are required for the average human being to function properly, but under hot and arid conditions, that rule of thumb can go as high as 2 gallons per day, per person. Click HERE for more. Another scary thought is how much valuable water we lose through sweat and normal respiration. Studies have shown that even losing 2.5% of your body weight in water can lead to your cognitive and physical abilities to diminish by 25%. Rather than experience such a horrendous death yourself, you can read more about it HERE.
Luckily, there are places that are far off the beaten desert path that still see some water each year. Mostly in the late fall and winter months, Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs National Monument of Arizona fits this description. The bizarre striations in the rock lead to potholes of varying sizes, and these collect rain and snow precipitation when temperatures are more hospitable for humans. Supposedly, waters over time even bleached the overlying rock formations, leaving ghostly “brain rock” features on top of colorful sandstone foundations. Aside from these barren rock out-croppings, this arid landscape is not even a true desert. Scrub brush and pinyon pines thrive, along with wandering cattle and the occasional lizard. I guess this “semi-desert” has more to show us than meets the eye!
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