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giuly90

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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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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.
 

giuly90

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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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Dear teachers,

in an article about [STRIKE]the[/STRIKE] 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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