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    thorny life

    Dear teachers,

    in an article about the global warming I found this passage, but haven't quite understood the final part of it.

    "Stretching from coastal, northwestern
    Peru into southern Ecuador, the 36,000-square-kilometer Piura
    Desert is home to many endemic forms of thorny life".

    What is meant by "many endemic forms of thorny life"? Is it just a metaphor (and, if so, what is it is meaning)?

    Thank you in advance,
    G.

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    Re: thorny life

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    in an article about the global warming I found this passage, but haven't quite understood the final part of it.

    "Stretching from coastal, northwestern
    Peru into southern Ecuador, the 36,000-square-kilometer Piura
    Desert is home to many endemic forms of thorny life".

    What is meant by "many endemic forms of thorny life"? Is it just a metaphor (and, if so, what is it is meaning)?

    Thank you in advance,
    G.
    Welcome to the forums. I imagine it's talking about thorny plant life, like cactii.


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    thorny life

    Dear teachers,

    in an article about the global warming I found this passage, but haven't quite understood the final part of it.

    "Stretching from coastal, northwestern
    Peru into southern Ecuador, the 36,000-square-kilometer Piura
    Desert is home to many endemic forms of thorny life".

    What is meant by "many endemic forms of thorny life"? Is it just a metaphor (and, if so, what is it is meaning)?

    Thank you in advance,
    G.

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    Re: thorny life

    And maybe also, metaphorically, to insects adapted to surviving in a desert.

    b

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    Re: thorny life

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    in an article about the global warming I found this passage, but haven't quite understood the final part of it.

    "Stretching from coastal, northwestern
    Peru into southern Ecuador, the 36,000-square-kilometer Piura
    Desert is home to many endemic forms of thorny life".

    What is meant by "many endemic forms of thorny life"? Is it just a metaphor (and, if so, what is it is meaning)?
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    What is its meaning?

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    What is the meaning of the phrase?

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