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Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex

Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex

Apollo Valley, originally used in the Apollo missions to the Moon, is now home to the largest cluster of antennas at Goldstone. They are in round-the-clock communication with spacecraft throughout the solar system. More...

Window in Zzyzx

Exploring Zzyzx,
California

Fun fact: at one point, Zzyzx was the very last word in the English language. So on a road trip out to Death Valley, detouring to explore this once lavish, now abandoned resort in the Mojave National Preserve was at the top of my list. More...

Lehman Caves

Lehman Caves - Nevada

Lehman Caves (a single cavern despite the name) extends a quarter-mile into the limestone and marble that flanks the base of the Snake Range. Discovered about 1885... More...

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is less then an hour's drive west of Las Vegas and has many significant geologic features. The area is a good place to kick back and just enjoy nature's wonders. 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...

Ocotillo

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...

Sand Dunes

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...

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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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