How does a cactus adapt in a desert?

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It all depends on the place it is in.
In a particular desert there is an ocean nearby. The water condensates and then the cacti take all of the moisture in. It keeps that for a long time.
Any water possible, it will soak up like a sponge.

Cacti can live in the desert because, inside of the cactus there is a water system which stores water into the cactus from the ground. The roots are very long but they don't go very deep in the ground they stretch out their roots across the earth. When explorers are in the desert they tear open a cactus to get water, but they had to be careful of those sharp spikes [Because cacti has a waxy covering!]

They have the really sharp spikes so no other animas can take the water that they struggle to get, or so no other animal will try and eat them.
in the body of a catus, water is stored as not much rain falls where a cactus so water is stored to prevent the cactus from dying out. there are thorns on cacti to prevent it from being eaten by a predator.
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