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Mosquitoes - Terrorists with Wings

In North America, the insects have served as the conduit, or "vector," for transmitting West Nile Virus (WNV), which can develop "in an unusually wide variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and mosquitoes." More...

Exploring Zzyzx, CA

Exploring Zzyzx, CA

Back in the mid-1940s self proclaimed "old time medicine man," Curtis Howe Springer established this area of the Mojave as the Zzyzx Mineral Springs Resort and Health Spa. The American Medical Association subsequently dubbed Springer "the King of Quacks." More...

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

When owls are awake, they use their hearing and eyesight to alert them to danger or possible prey. A great horned owl's eyes are almost as big as a human's, and allow a great deal of light to pass through the pupil, allowing the owl to see in dark conditions. More...

Emerald Pools at Zion

Emerald Pools Hikes - Zion NP

The Upper Pool Trail requires stepping over rocks along a sandy path that's all uphill one way. It's worth it though. When you arrive at the Upper Emerald Pool, you're treated to a beautiful scene of shimmering water at the base of a majestic cliff. 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...

Afton Canyon

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...

Aerial Tram in Palm Springs

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. More...

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Daggett Area Prospector

Have you ever come across the remains of what was once an isolated desert home or mine site? And then wonder who lived there and what they did so many years ago... I can put a name and a face upon one such location. More...

Rescue in the Desert

26 Tips for Surviving in the Desert

For the unwary, unsuspecting or uninformed visitor, the desert can be an unforgiving place. A small blunder can turn an afternoon drive off road or an overnight camping trip into an emergency. People sometimes die in the desert. More...

Desert Road

Exploring Desert Roads

When you're planning to explore the desert from the comfort of your car, where to go and what to see is always the big question. DesertUSA staff and our writers have traveled all over the deserts. We've made a list of our top places to visit. More...

Jack Rabbit in the Desert

How Do Animals Survive in the Desert?

Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals and plants alike. For four or five months of the year, the daily temperatures in the desert may actually exceed the range in which animal tissue can survive. More...

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