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Chloride, AZ - A Living Ghost Town

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. More...

Geode cracked open in the field

Potato Patch Thundereggs and Geodes

The young rockhound climbed out of his Model A and gathered up a few of the stones. Then he got out his rock hammer and gave the first of his rocks a hefty thump. Not much happened, except that the dark coloring scratched off where he had struck the surface. More...

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Petroglyphs of the
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Painted Gorge, located on the eastern side of the Coyote Mountains, consists of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. Heat and movement over time have created fantastic shapes and colors. More...

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Bats in the Desert
and the Southwest

Bats are often thought of as flying mice,but they are more closely related to primates, including humans, than they are to mice. Bats are unique among mammals because they fly. As with most other mammals, the bat's body is covered by hair, with the exception of its wings. 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...

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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...

Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley

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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Oatman, Arizona - Rt 66

Oatman started life over 100 years ago as a mining tent camp, and quickly became a flourishing gold-mining center. In 1915, two miners struck a $10 million gold find, and within a year, the town's population grew to more than 3,500. More...



Descriptions dating from the 18th century attest to the fact that concretions have long been regarded as fascinating geologic curiosities. Concretions vary in size, shape, hardness, and color, from objects that require a magnifying lens to be clearly visible to huge bodies. More...

Old gas station building on Bonanza Trail

The Bonanza Trail

The Bonanza Trail links several old mines. It enables the visitor in an off-road or 4X4 vehicle to take a self-guided tour of the area. Some of the old cabins along the trail date back to the 1890s. More...

Possible alien on bed

New Mexico's Space Triangle

The Chihuahua Desert hides a kind of space that extends beyond the horizon, the kind that inspires visionary rocket scientists, secret government research, conspiracy theories, and religious cult leaders. More...

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