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Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise

Tortoises are any of the land-dwelling turtles of the family Testudinidae. The desert tortoise is one of four species of the genus Gopherus, known collectively as gopher tortoises. More...

Rock PIles in the Mojave

Rock Piles

Some folks say the Mojave Desert is just a bunch of rocks -- a "gravel pit." While other deserts around the world seem to be made of pure sand, those in the American Southwest are a bit rockier. More...

Pelicans at the Salton Sea

The Salton Sea
and the Birds

One of the best areas for bird watching in Southern California is the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Originally, the refuge consisted of approximately 35,000 acres. Now, because the Salton Sea is slowly receding, only about 826 manageable acres remain. More...

The Studio by Victor Thall

The Forgotten Abstract Expressionist of Snow Creek

Victor Thall came to Snow Creek as an older man, disillusioned with pretty much everything. Still he retained the paint-splashed macho of a Jackson Pollock. With his upturned mustache and a debauched gleam in his eye, he looked like a villain from an old movie. 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...

Boulders at Joshua Tree

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...

Dead Horse Point

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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Car stuck in the sand

Off-Roading: Adventure vs Disaster

Taking a sport utility vehicle off-highway can be a tremendous adventure -- but it can also be a complete disaster, unless you first take the time to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the trail. Rule number one is always be prepared. The desert can be a dangerous and lonely place. More...

Bagdad Cafe photo by lara hartley

Myth of the Bagdad Cafe Lives On

"Bon jour! Comment allez-vous?", Andree Pruett called out to the gaggle of tourists fresh off the bus parked in front of the Bagdad Cafe of which she is the proud owner. The odd cafe is a landmark location on Route 66 in Newberry Springs, California. More...

Sick Desert Bighorn

Last Rites for a Desert Bighorn

I'd seen her two days before during the bighorn sheep count. Four legs spread wide; her head hung as if muscles were not attached. Drainage flowed from her eyes and nose. Something must be done! More...

Chloride Visitors Center

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...

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