Deserts are full of oddballs. Here are 11 of the weirdest.
A desert is defined as an area where less than 19.6 inches (50 centimeters) of rain falls each year. Deserts cover about one third of the Earth's land surface. Examples of famous deserts include the Sahara, Atacama and Mojave deserts. Deserts aren't just hot and dry places, though; like Antarctica, they can also be cold and dry. Read below for news about these driest spots on Earth.
Odd patterns of bare patches called "fairy circles" found in only two places on Earth may be the result of heavy rain and hot weather.
Northern Chile's dry and desolate Atacama Desert hosts the world's largest array of astronomical observatories. Scientists have called the largely lifeless region Earth's closest analogue of Mars.
The government shutdown lasted just 35 days. The damage that happened during it at Joshua Tree National Park could take decades to heal.
Archaeologists in Egypt recently unearthed a grim discovery: skeletons of a pregnant woman and her fetus.
Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the world's driest places, is now flush with flowers after an unexpected rain.
By mid-February in the three great hot and dry deserts of the American West, wildflowers turn stark desert landscapes into a sea of color.
Color is popping up everywhere in the California desert, thanks to a wet winter after years of drought.
Across the desert regions of the southwestern United States southward into central Mexico, a feisty little bird called the cactus wren thrives.
A burn scar left by a wildfire in Western Australia is so massive, it's visible from space, according to images captured by a NASA satellite.
The twists and turns of a scorpion's underground burrows are generally inaccessible to anything that isn't a scorpion — including scientists. That is, until now.