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The Desert Collection

The earthy tones in this collection were influenced by some of the world’s most iconic deserts: the Sahara, Mojave and Kalahari. 

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Deserts are vital to the planetary ecosystem.

They cover around 20% of the Earth’s surface. They are also amongst the most fragile and endangered ecosystems, home to a unique network of species and communities.

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23 deserts in the world… here's what inspired us

The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world. Covering most of Northern Africa, it measures a total area of 9.2 million km². It is almost the same size as China, and a total of 8% of the earth's land area!

The Kalahari Desert is the second largest desert in Africa. It measures a total area of 930,000 km² and is the 6th largest in the world. It is approx. 4x the size of the UK and is around 900m above sea level.

The Mojave Desert is the hottest and smallest desert in North America. It measures a total area of 124,000 km² and is located primarily in southeastern California. It is considered one of the most ecologically diverse deserts in the world.

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Why is it important to protect desert ecosystems?

Due to climate change, dry regions across the world are becoming deserts at an alarming rate. This process (desertification) is a consequence of deforestation and human activity. While it's important to prevent desertification, it’s also crucial to protect existing deserts, as they are biologically rich habitats, home to a vast array of species that have adapted to their extreme conditions.

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What is the biggest threat to deserts right now?

Plant and animal species used to living in existing deserts are highly threatened by climate change, as global warming has a direct impact on the ecology of deserts. Rising temperatures cause more frequent wildfires that affect desert landscapes by eradicating slow-growing trees and replacing them with fast-growing grasses.

What species live in deserts?

Desert species have evolved to exist in extreme weather conditions. Camels can survive for weeks without drinking any water, and their nostrils and eyelashes form a barrier that protects them from sand. Many desert animals, such as the Fennec Fox, are nocturnal, going out to hunt only once temperatures have lowered. Some desert animals also cope with the heat by spending most of their time underground, like the desert tortoise.

How have species adapted to these harsh environments?

Desert plants have also adapted to survive without fresh water for years at a time, by growing long roots that tap water from deep underground or storing and conserving water. Because of their unique adaptations, desert species are extremely vulnerable to changes in their environment.

How is PANGAIA helping?

1 PANGAIA Desert product purchased = 1 mangrove tree planted = up to 1 ton of CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the extreme effects of climate change.