How Desert Plants Survive How do desert plants save water?

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How Desert Plants Survive How do desert plants save water?

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Desert plants work hard to make use of what’s available. They use the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide to (CO2) and water (H2O) into sugar, a process called photosynthesis. During this process, small pores (stomata) on a plant’s leaves and stems open to absorb CO2 from the air and in return release oxygen (O2). Each time a plant opens its pores, some H2O is lost. This is called transpiration. Replacing this lost H2O is not easy with so little annual moisture; and if the H2O can not be replaced, the desert plants will die. A unique fact of desert plants is that they have acquired special adaptations that help them in reducing H2O loss.

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