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Chloride, Arizona

Chloride, Arizona

Chloride was founded in 1862 with the discovery of silver ore. During its heyday, there were more than 75 mines in operation, and the population reached 2,000 in 1920. Today, there are still a few mines in operation, but Chloride looks elsewhere for prosperity. Chloride has been served by both stage coaches and trains during its colorful history. The Chloride Post Office, also established in 1862, is the oldest continuously operating post office in the state of Arizona. More...

Amboy Crater

Amboy and Amboy Crater

Amboy is barely a settlement, let alone a destination. With a population of 6, it's just a whistle stop on the way to Laughlin and Las Vegas. Actually, Amboy deserves a closer look, not just for Roy's Motel and Café, a time capsule of early 1950s kitsch, when Route 66 was king and cars didn't have air-conditioning, but also for a unique desert experience -- a hike into a 10,000-year-old volcano. More...

Petroglyphs of the Cosos

Petroglyphs of the Cosos

With the cooperation of Naval Command at China Lake, and funding from private foundations and individuals, Campbell Grant, James W. Baird and J. Kenneth Pringle began an archaeological survey of these sites in 1966. Since then, in an arrangement with the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California, the Navy has allowed limited tours into one of these canyons, where many of the petroglyphs are concentrated. More...

Rainbow Basin

Rainbow Basin

A major feature in Rainbow Basin is the unique formation called the Barstow Syncline - a "U" shaped fold in the rocks. In structural geology, a syncline is a downward-curving fold, with layers that dip toward the center of the structure. The syncline is like a wrinkle in a rug - on the north side of the basin, all the rocks dip south, and on the south side of the basin, the rocks dip north. More...

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Desert Animals

What animals live in the desert? How do animals survive in the desert? Learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians that have adapted to the harsh desert ecosystems. Here is a list of animals that live in the desert with links to additional information on each animal. Learn how they survive in the desert biome. More...


Desert Plants

How do plants survive the desert? Desert flora have adapted to the extremes of heat and aridity by using both physical and behavioral mechanisms, much like desert animals. Here are links to the flora found in the deserts, with photos and information about each plant. More...

The Sahara

Desert Life - Animals, Plants, People and the Environment

Deserts cover more than one fifth of the Earth's land, and they are found on every continent. Deserts can be classified as "hot" or "cold". Deserts receive less than 10 inches of precipitation a year. Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals, plants and people. More...

Hiking Canyon X

Desert Activities - Explore the Desert

The desert is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors and to spend time in recreational activities. People go to the desert to camp, to hike, to bike, to fish, to explore and to experience the unique environment found only in the American Southwest and its deserts. Visitors travel the desert to take in the views and enjoy the wide open space around them. More...

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