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Unformatted text preview: the desert since they provide succulent food and shade. Many dates are eaten as a midday refreshment and dessert. There are also prickly bushes that have short, sharp thorns that protect the plants flowers and a glistening resin, poisonous to most animals. Another is the desert apple-red hue, whose roots extend twenty to thirty feet into the ground. Small mites also eat the base near Tassili even with all of its protection. Enormous trees could sometimes be found in the Sahara, with or without leaves or branches. Some even had a pocked in the middle for rain water or drinking, other cavities had bees or bird nests. Fruits resembling prunes, apricots, and a plant like a cucumber were on other trees....
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- Spring '11