Trusses provide supportCholla cactus
The support structure of Cholla cacti provides stabilization via hollow cylindrical struts joined as trusses.
Branches survive intense windlive oak
Live oaks survive strong winds because of high wood strength and a low canopy that branches out in multiple subdivisions without a main axis.
Deciduous trees allow higher seasonal water yieldsOaks
Deciduous trees allow more water to reach the soil and seep into streams by seasonally shedding leaves that lose water via evaporation.
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Shading structure that shades as trees do
Hairy footpads aid walking on loose sandFennec Fox
Hairy pads or bristles on the feet of desert creatures help them move on loose sand by providing a braking mechanism as the feet push backwards.
Large ears used to cool offjackrabbit
The large ears of the jackrabbit are used in cooling, radiating heat via an extensive network of blood vessels.
Pouch dissipates heatpelican
The gular pouch the pelican dissipates heat by having a vascular structure.
Wings fly efficiently over waterbrown pelican
Wings of brown pelicans flap efficiently when flying close to the surface of the ocean by compressing airflow, which reduces induced drag and increases lift..
Fangs fold for storagewestern diamondback rattlesnake
The curving fangs of a western diamondback rattlesnake are stored when not in use by folding against the roof of the mouth via hinges.
Electrosensitivity used to navigaterattlesnake
The rattle, body and tongue of the rattlesnake may be used in navigation through the generation and subsequent detection of electrostatic charges.
Breathing occurs even with full mouthdiamondback rattlesnake
The windpipe of a western diamondback rattlesnake allows breathing with a mouthful of prey because it protrudes from the bottom of the snake's mouth.
Moving efficiently across sand without slippingsidewinder
The sidewinder rattlesnake moves efficiently across sand without slipping by pushing on the ground with parts of its body and lifting the rest sideways.
Thermally-tintable glass, Thermally dynamic walls