This article describes design decisions that will be rediscussed before their implementation in the future, and as such are not final.
Deserts are biomes mostly devoid of precipitation. They can be any temperature, and usually have a very interesting topography. These biomes sometimes get all of their precipitation at once, triggering flash floods. Most of these biomes are at a succession stage of 1. The list of desert biomes is unfinished.
occurs: very dry areas, usually in the center of a continent
elevation: from -100(not below water) to +3000 m
climate: very little rain, frequent dust storms
topography: shifting dunes, with occasional rocky outcrops or plateaus
autotroph niches: tiny to small
heterotroph niches: tiny to midsize (very rare) herbivore, tiny to small carnivore
other:organisms must be extremely efficient in their handling of water. Life is driven by the search for water, many animals are nomadic.