Okay, in our last episode of Gobi Desert facts we learned that it is a cold desert, it is expanding at a rapid rate, it has rockier and grassland areas than sand and several other interesting and crazy facts. But, we were not done! There is more to learn and we are going to cover those in this second part of Gobi Desert facts. We hope that you will enjoy these facts as much as you did in the first part.
Interesting Gobi Desert Facts: 1-10
1. Gobi Desert is one of the most incredible places when it comes to archeological diggings. Well, no one dug out an ancient city here but yes, this is the place where the first dinosaur egg was unearthed.
2. Not just dinosaur eggs, a large number of dinosaur fossils are also found in this desert. A special focus goes on the Flaming Cliffs in the north-western side of this cold desert. This is the place where the chances of stumbling upon dinosaur fossils are very high.
3. Sitting in Nemegt Basin, the Flaming Cliffs are not really rocky structures. They are actually sand formations. Also known as Bayanzag, the Flaming Cliffs get their name because they look like blazing flames when the sun shines on them.
4. You know what? Gobi Desert is not just an interesting demographic location because of its interesting features. It is also a treasure land. Enormous amounts of gold and copper deposits have been identified in the location and both Mongolian and Chinese officials are planning on mining out those metals.
5. The Chinese government is actually building what is known as the Great Green Wall of China. This is a massive undertaking by the Chinese government to plant and create new forests to counter the desertification by Gobi Desert.
6. In our last list we told that Gobi Desert is not all sand. It also has many different types of plants. Scientists have identified 400 different plant species in this desert so far. For instance, needle grass and gray sagebush are two very common plant species you can find in Gobi Desert.
7. Not just plants, Gobi Desert is home for many different types of animal species and many of these animals are actually exotic by nature.
8. So far, experts have identified 45 different species of birds and animals that call this desert as their home. Snow Leopards, Golden Eagle, Brown Bears, Black-tailed Gazelles, Lynxes, Sheep, Wild Camels, Sand Plovers, Jumping Rats (known as Jerboas) are some of the common life forms that can be found in this desert.
9. We mentioned in our last article on Gobi Desert facts that the desert experiences some erratic temperature fluctuations. Just how erratic? Within a matter of few days, temperature of 25 degrees Fahrenheit can drop down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
10. Not just that, there are times when the temperatures can reach as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit and even as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.