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Old 12-05-2018, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Spartanburg,SC
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If you have moved cross country between these 2 types of landscapes/climates , how hard was it to get use to your new region? Which do you prefer living in and why? What advantages does your choice have over the other?
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:35 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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While I haven't actually made that move, it's rather obvious that H.sapiens was not intended to live in the desert. For survival, Man needs food, water & shelter- all difficult to obtain in a desert. The ancient cliff dwellers of the Am SW actually lived in essentially oases, locating their buildings along permanent streams that supported trees. In the Mideast & N. Africa, people lived either in oases or were nomadic ("just passing thru") securing their supplies from more habitable, less desert-like areas and carrying them with.


Modern technology allows Man to live in areas like Phoenix only by virtue of extreme exploitation of outside resources for air conditioning, food and water. So much water is sucked out of the Colorado R. to support humans in the desert that it no longer flows into the Gulf of Cortez, but just fizzles out in the sand.


Most people who claim to prefer living in the desert miss the point that they don't actually live in the desert, but are surrounded by it. They actually live in a more temperate climate artificially produced in their buildings.
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Old Today, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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While I haven't actually made that move, it's rather obvious that H.sapiens was not intended to live in the desert. For survival, Man needs food, water & shelter- all difficult to obtain in a desert. The ancient cliff dwellers of the Am SW actually lived in essentially oases, locating their buildings along permanent streams that supported trees. In the Mideast & N. Africa, people lived either in oases or were nomadic ("just passing thru") securing their supplies from more habitable, less desert-like areas and carrying them with.


Modern technology allows Man to live in areas like Phoenix only by virtue of extreme exploitation of outside resources for air conditioning, food and water. So much water is sucked out of the Colorado R. to support humans in the desert that it no longer flows into the Gulf of Cortez, but just fizzles out in the sand.


Most people who claim to prefer living in the desert miss the point that they don't actually live in the desert, but are surrounded by it. They actually live in a more temperate climate artificially produced in their buildings.
To be fair, I too have never lived for any length of time in a desert environment.

I agree that there is a reason that many early civilizations located their societies in more moderated climates or at least near bodies of water.

The lack of water in the desert West is scary. With the increasing number of people running out to the West the water situation is only going to get worse.
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