Desert Planet

Desert planets are scorching worlds that feature a single desert biome across the surface of the entire planet, with climates that are harsh and unforgiving. With rainfall measuring less than 50 centimeters per planetary year, the temperatures during the day can soar to a blistering 40 to 140 degrees Celsius, and plummet to a bone-chilling -25 degrees Celsius at night.

TThe rocky, dry terrain of these planets offers little to no nutrients, making crop cultivation and other forms of organic growth impossible. The main source of sustenance for those who dare to call these planets home comes from hunting and scavenging the rugged, yet resilient, animal and plant life. The indigenous species that call these planets home have adapted to the harsh conditions by developing poisonous glands and hard outer shells that can withstand even the most determined attacks.

The lack of water, combined with the scorching heat, presents the greatest obstacle to colonizing these inhospitable worlds. Colonies on desert planets rely heavily on shipments of water and supplies to offset the lack of natural resources. However, in some cases, these planets will not have a completely uniform climate. The axial tilt in the planet's rotation can sometimes result in small amounts of frozen surface water at the north and south poles, but these areas are often considered last resorts due to the high mortality rate.

But all is not lost for those who dream of colonizing these harsh worlds. With the use of terraforming equipment, it is possible to bring significantly more amiable conditions to the colonists living there. In fact, having such technology on hand can mean the difference between a colony that is comfortable and one that is simply surviving.