|“||This elevator is bound for Sector 3. A Level 4 warning is now in effect in Sector 3. An irregularity has been confirmed in the Geothermal Power Plant and the experimental simulated desert area. All staff members are asked to please evacuate immediately.||„|
The experimental simulated desert area was a sub-section of the Pyrosphere in Metroid: Other M. As it's name implied, it was meant to mimic a desert area in contrast to the lava-filled portions of the Pyrosphere. It was similar to the desert portion of Sector 3 of the Biologic Space Laboratories research station.
The desert area always consisted of a sand-covered floor and had multiple exhaust vents in the indoor rooms that released flames, resembling flame jets. One of these constantly exhausted flames and could be frozen and the cover opened to reveal a Small crate and Missile Tank in one room. The only named rooms here are the Environmental Test Floor, most likely used to test the Holographic Generator and the Desert Refinery- this last contained an Elevator room where the Rhedogian was fought again. The Elevator led down to a large room that contained another Missile Tank and a pool of Lava. The area was populated by Mellas, Novas, Dessgeegas and Sandfangs in the sand nevironments, FG-1000, FG II-Graham and Heat Bulls in the Refinery and a Dragotix, Rhedogian and Magdollite in the elevator sublevel.
- The basement of the area contains The infamous game-breaking glitch that completely halts progress.