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Rock Formations of Joshua Tree NP

The geologic landscape of Joshua Tree has long fascinated visitors to the Mojave Deserts. How were these steep-sided, bold outcrops, rising abruptly from the desert floor formed? What forces sculpted these fantastic shapes? Geologists believe the face of this modern landscape was born more than 100 million years ago. More...

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Desert Hot Springs

The Mission Creek branch of the San Andreas fault divides two aquifers in Desert Hot Springs, one hot and one cold. The cold water has won awards for best water in the International Water Tasting Competition at Berkeley Springs, WVA, while the hot mineral water has a reputation for profound healing of the body and the soul. More...

Bark Scorpion


Scorpion venom is used to subdue prey and to defend against threats, as well as in the mating process. Most scorpion stings are not considered life threatening to humans -- the exception is the sting of the bark scorpion, the most venomous in the United States. More...

Prehistoric Tracks

Prehistoric Trackways National Monument

The imprinted records of tracks and shapes embedded in the exposed rocks of the Robledos offer a kaleidoscopic insight into the life of the Permian period. The story began some 250 to 300 million years ago, millions of years before the appearance of dinosaurs. 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...


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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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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Rancho Mirage Observatory

The Rancho Mirage Observatory

Sky watching visitors approach in the evening along a curved, red-lit arc that leads to the observatory's specially built viewing deck, its high walls formed to block out nearby highway and city lights. More...

Petroglyps Cosos

Petroglyphs of the Cosos

The Cosos lie within the confines of China Lake Naval Weapons Center (NWC), the U.S. Navy's largest research and development facility. It encompasses about 1,200 square miles of dry lake beds, desert mountains and volcanic lava flows in southeastern California. More...

Fish Creek Wash

Exploring Fish Creek Wash - CA

Fish Creek, on the eastern edge of the Anza-Borrego DSP, is an area of sparse vegetation and abundant wildlife. Formations here show transformations from desert to marine estuary, to savannah to delta, and back to desert over 20 million years. More...

Rocks on Table

Last Chance Canyon - Mojave Desert

The canyon is a rough sandy area bounded by walls composed of both sedimentary and volcanic rock. Summertime temperatures can top 100 degrees. Winters can fall to freezing. Yet, the area's ruggedness is matched by its beauty. More...

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