English Culture Videos

"Desert Life"

Instructions: Watch this video on desert life in Utah and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

Randall is reporting from _________ National Park.

Hi. Right now, I'm at Pothole Point Trail, uh, in Canyonlands National Park at the Needles section.

The trail gets its name from ____.

Randall describes the formation of potholes by water, and thus, that is where the trail gets its name.

Randall mentions that the shrimp _____.

These small, little tadpole shrimp that uh, that uh, lie dormant in the dirt and the sand, and then they come alive for a short period of time until the water finally evaporates, but amazing life in the desert.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

What unique animal life can be found in different regions of your country? Search online for information on one particular animal including its habitat, the food it eats, and one particular feature that makes it unique.

Video Script

Hi. Right now, I'm at Pothole Point Trail, uh, in Canyonlands National Park at the Needles section, and we're going to see something--Wow, Cool, Fantastic--something you don't imagine you'll see in the desert.

Shrimp! Come with me.

One of the amazing things in the desert is how life springs forth, and uh, here is a pothole with water that has collected, and there are these small, little tadpole shrimp that uh, that uh, lie dormant in the dirt and the sand, and then they come alive for a short period of time until the water finally evaporates, but amazing life in the desert.

Read more information about this trail HERE.