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For the indigenous American tribe, see Mohave. Two Mohave men dressed in loincloths, western Arizona Judith, a young Mohave woman about eighteen years of age The Mohave are a Native American tribe, many of whom live on or near the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Chemehuevi and Fort Mojave Indian Reservations on the Colorado River in California and...

Mojave Desert scene in Joshua Tree National Park.
Mojave Desert scene in Joshua Tree National Park.
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The Mojave Desert (pronounced /moʊˈhɑːvi/ or /məˈhɑːvi/), (Hayikwiir Mat'aar[1] in Mojave), locally referred to as the High Desert, occupies a significant portion of southern California and smaller parts of central California, southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, and northwestern Arizona, in the United States. Named after the Mohave tribe of Native Americans, it occupies well over 22,000 square miles (57,000 km²) in a typical Basin and Range topography. Mojave is the native language of the Mojave people along the Colorado River in eastern California, northwestern Arizona, and southwestern Nevada. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Central California can refer to one of several divisions or regions of the U.S state of California: The state is sometimes described as being in three main sections: Northern California (the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley northward), Southern California (south of the Tehachapis), and Central California (the... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Two Mohave men dressed in loincloths, western Arizona Judith, a young Mohave woman about eighteen years of age The Mohave are a Native American tribe, many of whom live on or near the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Chemehuevi and Fort Mojave Indian Reservations on the Colorado River in California and... Chief Quanah Parker of the Quahadi Comanche Native Americans in the United States (also Indians, American Indians, First Americans, Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Peoples, Aboriginal Americans, Amerindians, Amerinds, or Original Americans) are those indigenous peoples within the territory which is now encompassed by the continental United States, and their descendants in... Basin and Range index map - USGS The Basin and Range Province is a particular type of topography that covers much of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico that is typified by elongate north-south trending arid valleys bounded by mountain ranges which also bound adjacent valleys. ...


The Mojave Desert's boundaries are generally defined by the presence of Joshua Trees — they are considered an indicator species for the desert. The topographical boundaries include the Tehachapi together with the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountain ranges. The mountain boundaries are quite distinct since they are outlined by the two largest faults in California: the San Andreas and the Garlock. The Great Basin shrub steppe lies to the north; the warmer Sonoran Desert (the Low Desert) lies to the south and east. The desert is believed to support between 1,750 and 2,000 species of plants. For other uses, see Joshua tree (disambiguation). ... Indicator species are unique environmental indicators as they offer a signal of the biological condition in a watershed or ecosystem, and are a warning system that pollution has entered the food web. ... The Tehachapi Mountains (IPA: ) are a short transverse range in southern California in the United States, running SW-NE connecting the Coast Ranges on the west with the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains on the east. ... The San Gabriel Mountains are located in northern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County, California, USA. The mountain range forms a barrier between the Greater Los Angeles Area and the Mojave Desert. ... San Bernardino Mountains The San Bernardino Mountains are short transverse mountain range northeast of Los Angeles in southern California in the United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... View of the San Andreas Fault on the Carrizo Plain in central California, 35°07N, 119°39W The San Andreas Fault is a geological fault that runs a length of roughly 800 miles (1300 kilometres) through western and southern California in the United States. ... Perspective view of Garlock Fault The Garlock Fault Line is a left-lateral strike-slip fault line running approximately northeast-southwest in the southwestern United States. ... Map showing the Great Basin in orange The Great Basin is a large, arid region of the western United States, commonly defined as the contiguous watershed region, roughly between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, that has no natural outlet to the sea. ... Map of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. ... The low desert is a name for the Sonoran Desert to distinguish it from the adjacent Mojave Desert or high desert. ... This article is about arid terrain. ... For other uses, see Plant (disambiguation). ...

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Climate

Extent of Mojave Desert. Green square is the area of a survey made by the USGS which covers 25,000 square miles.

The Mojave Desert receives less than 10 inches (250 mm) of rain a year and is generally between 3,000 and 6,000 feet (1,000 and 2,000 m) in elevation. The Mojave Desert also contains the Mojave National Preserve, as well as the lowest and hottest place in North America: Death Valley, where the temperature normally approaches 120°F (49°C) in late July and early August. Zion National Park, in Utah, lies at the junction of the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau. Despite its aridity, the Mojave (and particularly the Antelope Valley in its southwest) has long been a center of alfalfa production, fed by irrigation coming from groundwater and (in the 20th century) from the California Aqueduct. Image File history File linksMetadata Usgs_mojave_desert. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Usgs_mojave_desert. ... The Mojave National Preserve is located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California, USA. It covers 1. ... North American redirects here. ... Death Valley National Park is a mostly arid United States National Park located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Inyo County and northern San Bernardino County in California with a small extension into southwestern Nye County and extreme southern Esmeralda County in Nevada. ... Zion Canyon as seen from the top of Angels Landing at sunset Zion National Park is a United States National Park located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Drainage map showing the Great Basin in orange Various Definitions of the Great Basin (NPS) Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. ... The Colorado Plateau, also called the Colorado Plateaus Province, is a physiographic region of the Intermontane Plateaus, roughly centered on the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States. ... A truck passes eastbound along the busy Highway 58 through the Antelope Valley. ... For the Our Gang (Little Rascals) character, see Carl Switzer. ... Groundwater is water located beneath the ground surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of lithologic formations. ... The California Aqueduct is the concrete-lined aqueduct that transports water from Northern California to Southern California. ...


The Mojave is a desert of temperature extremes and four distinct seasons. Winter months bring temperatures dipping to below 20 °F (-7 °C) on valley floors, and below 0 °F (-18 °C) at higher elevations. Storms moving from the Pacific Northwest can bring rain and snow across the region — more often, the rain shadow created by the Sierra Nevada as well as mountain ranges within the desert such as the Spring Mountains bring only clouds and wind. In longer periods between storm systems, winter temperatures in valleys can approach 80 °F (27 °C). The Pacific Northwest from space The Pacific Northwest, abbreviated PNW, or PacNW is a region in the northwest of North America. ... For the Australian television series see Rain Shadow (TV series). ... This article is about the mountain range in the Western United States. ... Mt. ...


Spring weather continues to be influenced by Pacific storms, but rainfall is more widespread and occurs less frequently after April. By early June, it is rare for another Pacific storm to have a significant impact on the region's weather, and temperatures after mid-May are normally above 90 °F (32 °C) and frequently above 100 °F (38 °C).


Summer weather is dominated by heat — temperatures on valley floors can soar above 120 °F (49 °C) and above 130 °F (54 °C) at the lowest elevations — and the presence of the North American monsoon. Low humidity, high temperatures and low pressure draw in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, creating thunderstorms across the desert southwest. While the Mojave does not get nearly the amount of rainfall that the Sonoran desert to the east receives, monsoonal moisture will create thunderstorms as far west as California's Central Valley from mid-June through early September. For other uses, see Monsoon (disambiguation). ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ... This article is about Californias Central Valley. ...


Autumns are generally pleasant, with one to two Pacific storm systems creating regional rain events. October is one of the driest and sunniest months in the Mojave, and temperatures usually remain between 70 °F (21 °C) and 90 °F (32 °C) on the valley floors.


After temperature, wind is the most significant weather phenomenon in the Mojave. Across the region, windy days are common, and in areas near the transition between the Mojave and the California low valleys, including near Cajon Pass, Soledad Canyon and the Tehachapi areas. During the June Gloom, cooler air can be pushed out into the desert from Southern California; in Santa Ana wind events, hot air from the desert blows out into the Los Angeles basin and other coastal areas. Wind farms in these areas generate power from these winds. Cajon Pass (elevation 4190 ft. ... Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. ... Wind Turbines in the mountains Tehachapi (IPA: ) is a city incorporated in 1909 located in its namesake Tehachapi Mountains between Bakersfield and Mojave in Kern County, California. ... June Gloom (also May Gray) is a local term for a Southern California weather pattern that results in overcast skies with low to moderate temperatures during the early summer (sometimes referred to as May Gray when it occurs in late spring). ... The Santa Ana winds in Southern California sweep down wide across the deserts and across the Los Angeles Basin pushing dust and smoke from wildfires far out into the Pacific Ocean. ... The Los Angeles Basin is the coastal sediment-filled plain located between the peninsular and transverse ranges in southern California in the United States containing the central part of the city of Los Angeles. ... A wind farm is a collection of wind turbines in the same location. ...


The other major weather factor in the region is elevation. The highest peak within the Mojave is Charleston Peak at 11,918 feet (3,633 m), while Badwater in Death Valley is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. Accordingly, temperatures and precipitation ranges wildly, in all seasons, across the region. Mount Charleston is the highest mountain of the Spring Mountains of southern Nevada, approximately 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas. ... Badwater Basin elevation sign Badwater is a site in Californias Death Valley noted as the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, with an elevation of 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. ...


The Mojave Desert has not historically supported a fire regime because of low fuel loads and connectivity. However, in the last few decades, invasive annual plants (e.g., Bromus spp., Schismus spp., Brassica spp.) have facilitated fire, which has significantly altered many areas of the desert. At higher elevations, fire regimes are regular but infrequent. Species See text Bromus is a large genus of the grass family Poaceae with about 160 species. ... Species See text. ...


Cities and regions

While the Mojave Desert itself is sparsely populated, it has increasingly become urbanized in recent years. Las Vegas, Nevada is the largest city in the Mojave, with a metropolitan population of around 1.9 million in 2006. Palmdale is the largest city in California in the desert, and over 850,000 people live in areas of the Mojave attached to the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, including Palmdale and Lancaster (referred to as the Antelope Valley); and Victorville and Hesperia (referred to as the Victor Valley). Smaller cities in the Mojave include St. George; Lake Havasu City; Kingman; Laughlin; Bullhead City; and Pahrump. All have experienced rapid population growth since 1990. For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Motto: Aerospace Capital of America Location of Palmdale in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Government  - Mayor James C. Ledford Jr. ... The Greater Los Angeles Area is the suburban area around the city of Los Angeles, California. ... Lancaster, California, USA, is the eighth-largest city in Los Angeles County and the 9th fastest growing city in the United States. ... Victorville is a city located in the Victor Valley of western San Bernardino County, California, USA. According to the U.S. Census Bureaus 2000 census, the city has a total population of 64,029. ... The City of Hesperia is part of San Bernardino County, California located in the Mojave Desert 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles. ... Nickname: Settled 1861 Incorporated 1862 Government  - Mayor Dan McArthur  - City Manager Gary Esplin Area  - City  64. ... Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 41,938. ... Kingman is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. ... Laughlin is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. ... Bullhead City is a city located on the Colorado River in Mohave County, Arizona, USA, roughly 100 miles (160. ... An aerial view from March 2005 shows development scattered across the valley floor. ...


Towns with fewer than 30,000 people in the Mojave include Barstow, California; Needles, California; Ridgecrest, California; Mesquite, Nevada; Hurricane, Utah; Moapa Valley, Nevada; California City, California; Twentynine Palms, California; Joshua Tree, California; Pioneertown, California; and Mojave, California. The California portion of the desert also contains Edwards Air Force Base, the home of several past and current experimental aviation projects for the military. Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... Needles (Mojave ʼAha Kuloh) is a city located on the western banks of the Colorado River in San Bernardino County, California. ... Ridgecrest, (formerly an area known as Crumville) was incorporated as a city in 1963 and is located in the Indian Wells Valley in northeastern Kern County, California adjacent to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. ... Mesquite is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 77 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... Hurricane is a city in Washington County, Utah, United States. ... From Moapa Valley, looking east towards the Mormon Mesa Moapa Valley is a valley and census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. ... California City, incorporated in 1965, is a city located in the northern Antelope Valley in Kern County in the U.S. state of California. ... Twentynine Palms redirects here. ... Joshua Tree is a census-designated place located in San Bernardino County, California. ... Pioneertown, California is an unincorporated small town in the Morongo Basin region of Southern California in the United States approximately midway between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. ... Mojave is a town located in Kern County, California. ... Edwards Air Force Base (IATA: EDW, ICAO: KEDW) is a United States Air Force airbase located on the border of Kern County and Los Angeles County, California in the Antelope Valley, 7 miles (11 km) due east of Rosamond. ...


The Great Mojave Desert contains a number of ghost towns, the most significant of these being the silver-mining town of Calico, California and the old railroad depot of Kelso. Some of the other ghost towns are of the more modern variety, created when Route 66 (and the lesser-known US Highway 91) were abandoned in favor of the Interstates. The Mojave Desert is crossed by major highways Interstate 15, Interstate 40, US Highway 395 and US Highway 95. For other uses, see Ghost town (disambiguation). ... Calico in the Mojave Desert Calico in the evening Calico, California is a ghost town located in the Mojave Desert region of Southern California. ... Kelso railroad depot after repainting. ... Alternate meanings of Route 66: New Jersey State Highway 66, Interstate 66, and a company named after the route US Highway 66 or Route 66 was and is the most famous road in the United States highway system and quite possibly the most famous and storied highway in the world. ... United States Highway 91 is a north-south United States highway. ... Interstate Highways in the lower 48 states. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 15 “I-15” redirects here. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 40 Interstate 40 (abbreviated I-40) is a major west-east interstate highway in the United States. ... United States Highway 395 is a scenic highway that starts in the Mojave Desert at Interstate 15 near Hesperia, runs along the east side of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley, winds through Carson City, Reno, back into California, crosses through the Modoc Plateau, and into eastern Oregon, into... US 95 is a north-south United States highway. ...


Other than the Colorado River on the eastern half of the Mojave, few long streams cross the desert. The Mojave River is an important source of water for the southern parts of the desert. The Amargosa River flows from the Great Basin Desert south to near Beatty, Nevada, then underground through Ash Meadows before returning to the surface near Shoshone, California and ending in Death Valley. Colorado River in the Grand Canyon from Desert View The Colorado River is a river in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately 1,450 mi (2,333 km) long, draining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. ... The Mojave River is a river in the Mojave Desert, California. ... Amargosa River The Amargosa River is an intermittent stream, approximately 200 mi (320 km) long, in southern Nevada and eastern California in the United States. ... Beatty, Nevada Beatty is a census-designated place and town located on the Amargosa River in Nye County in the U.S. state of Nevada. ... Shoshone is a census-designated place located in Inyo County, California. ... For other uses, see Death Valley (disambiguation). ...


Tourism

Lake Mead provides much needed water for cities in Arizona, California, and Nevada
Lake Mead provides much needed water for cities in Arizona, California, and Nevada

The Mojave Desert is one of the most popular tourism spots in North America, primarily because of gambling mecca Las Vegas. The desert is also known for its scenic beauty, with four national parks – Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Zion and Grand Canyon all within the desert or adjoining it. Lakes Mead, Mohave and Havasu provide watersport recreation, and sand dunes in the region entice off-road enthusiasts. Hoover Dam is a popular tourist destination to see the structure, the hydroelectric power plant, and the history of the dam construction during the Great Depression. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 1024 pixel, file size: 295 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lake mead behind Hoover, Dam. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 1024 pixel, file size: 295 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lake mead behind Hoover, Dam. ... Death Valley National Park is a mostly arid United States National Park located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Inyo County and northern San Bernardino County in California with a small extension into southwestern Nye County and extreme southern Esmeralda County in Nevada. ... Double Cross on The Old Woman Rock Joshua Tree National Park is located in south-eastern California. ... Zion Canyon as seen from the top of Angels Landing at sunset Zion National Park is a United States National Park located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. ... Grand Canyon National Park is one of the United States oldest national parks and is located in Arizona. ... Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the United States. ... Lake Mohave Lake Mohave is a lake formed by Davis Dam on the Colorado River, which defines the border between Nevada and Arizona in the United States. ... Lake Havasu is a large reservoir behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River, on the border between California and Arizona. ... For the dam near Westerville, Ohio, see Hoover Dam (Ohio). ... Hydroelectric dam diagram The waters of Llyn Stwlan, the upper reservoir of the Ffestiniog Pumped-Storage Scheme in north Wales, can just be glimpsed on the right. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ...


Besides the major national parks there are other areas of identified significance and tourist interest in the desert such as the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, which spans the Mojave and Colorado Desert, and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, 17 miles (27 km) west of Las Vegas, both of which are managed by the Bureau of Land Management. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Colorado Desert (yellow) showing Joshua Tree National Park The Colorado Desert is a large arid depression in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of California and the northeastern portion of the Mexican state of Baja California. ... Keystone Thrust at Red Rock Canyon NCA This article is about the National Conservation Area in Nevada. ...


Among the more popular and unique tourist attractions in the Mojave is the self described world's tallest thermometer at 134 feet (40.8 m) high, which is located along Interstate 15 in Baker, California. Kelso Dunes is also a popular recreation spot. The worlds tallest thermometer The worlds tallest thermometer is a landmark located in Baker, California, US. It is technically an electric sign rather than a tall thermometer, however it exists as a tribute to the record 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) recorded in nearby Death Valley in... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 15 “I-15” redirects here. ... Worlds tallest thermometer, in Baker California View of Baker from the east; I-15 jogs south around the town, leaving Baker Boulevard, the main street, to show where the pre-interstate highway (US 91 and US 466) went. ... Kelso Dunes at Mojave National Preserve. ...


Mojave Desert in media

  • Louis L'Amour's novel, The Lonesome Gods, is based on the Mojave Desert for its first half, from crossing the Colorado River at Arizona, to leading into the Coachella Valley as the protagonist reaches Agua Caliente, CA.
  • The Kanye West music videos "Flashing Ligths" and "Can´t tell me nothing" is shot in the Mojave Desert
  • In the MTV movie Beavis and Butthead Do America, Beavis and Butthead are left stranded in the Mojave Desert where they meet their long-lost fathers, nearly die of thirst, and Beavis has psychedelic hallucinations after eating a peyote cactus. They are awakened by Muddy Grimes, who forces them at gunpoint to ride in his trunk.
  • The Newcomer ship in Alien Nation hovered over the Mojave Desert at its fictional 1988 arrival.
  • In Stephen King's short story The Langoliers a time rip is situated over the Mojave Desert.
  • Nicole Krauss's novel Man Walks Into A Room takes place largely in the Mojave Desert. Its amnesiac protagonist is found wandering there, and later returns to an experimental facility situated there in order to undergo memory research.
  • Fictional character Captain Christopher Pike of the Star Trek universe called the Mojave his home, having grown up in the town of Mojave, built in what was once desert "wasteland".
  • The play Fool For Love, written and directed by Sam Shepard in 1983, takes place on the edge of the Mojave Desert.
  • The Mojave Desert has been featured five times on the FOX drama series, 24:
    • In the first season, terrorist, Mandy, blew up a 747 airplane and then parachuted into the Mojave Desert.
    • In the second season, George Mason sacrifices his life to dispose of a nuclear bomb safely in the Mojave Desert.
    • In the fourth season, Air Force One was shot down by a stealth fighter over the Mojave Desert and Jack Bauer had to go in and find the Nuclear Football briefcase, which was among the wreckage of the aircraft, before the terrorists could get it.
    • In the first episode of the fifth season, Jack Bauer is living and working (under an assumed name in order to avoid detection by American or Chinese authorities) in the city of Mojave, California.
    • In the sixth season, Anatoly Markov reveals that Fayed's and Gredenko's base of operations was Shadow Valley within the Mojave Desert.
  • The stark back-drop for Madonna's 1997 comeback "Frozen" video is the desert shot through a cold filter.
  • In the PlayStation video game Parasite Eve 2, the majority of the storyline unfolds in a small town called Dryfield (said in game to be located in the Mojave desert).
  • The post-apocalyptic computer game Wasteland is set in the area.
  • Paulo Coelho's book, The Valkyries, is set in the Mojave Desert.
  • In the novel Nightrise, by Anthony Horowitz, Telepathic Twins Jamie and Scott Tyler are imprisoned in the Silent Creek juvenile center, located at the bottom of a basin in the Mojave Desert, in which a natural magnetic field is present capable of negating the abilities of those possessing powers of the mind (Telepathy, Telekinesis, etc).
  • In the film Resident Evil: Extinction, the characters traverse the Mojave Desert as they escape their undead enemies.
  • The Frank Zappa song "San Bernadino" situates a woman living in the Mojave Desert in a Winnebago.
  • The Killers' song Don't Shoot Me Santa references the Mojave Desert. The music video also takes place in the Mojave Desert.
  • It was revealed in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Robots are Everywhere" that the Aqua Teens were being cocooned by military spiders in the Mojave desert.

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Native Mojave plants and animals

Plants

Binomial name Abies concolor (Gordon) Lindley ex Hildebrand Range White Fir (Abies concolor) is a fir native to the mountains of western North America, occurring at altitudes of 900-3,400 m. ... Binomial name Astragalus newberryi A.Gray Astragalus newberryi (Newberry milkvetch), is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to the southwestern United States in the Death Valley area and the eastern Mojave Desert. ... Barrel cactus A Barrel cactus is a type of cactus characterized by being approximately barrel-shaped. ... Binomial name Yucca baccata The banana yucca Yucca baccata is a common type of yucca in the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. ... Binomial name Opuntia basilaris Engelmann & Bigelow, 1856 The Beavertail Cactus is found in southwest USA, mostly in the Mojave and Colorado deserts, and also in northwest Mexico. ... Washingtonia filifera, in their native southernCalifornia The California Fan Palm (Washingtonia filifera) is the quintessential palm tree for southern California. ... Binomial name Camissonia campestris (Greene) P.H.Raven Camissonia campestris (Mojave sun cup or Mojave suncup), is a flowering plant in the family Onagraceae, native to the Mojave Desert of the United States. ... Binomial name Adenophyllum cooperi (A.Gray) Strother Cooper dyssodia (Adenophyllum cooperi, syn. ... Binomial name Mimulus rupicola (Coville) A.L.Grant The Death Valley monkeyflower (Mimulus rupicola), is a flowering plant in the family Phrymaceae, native to the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. ... Binomial name Caulanthus inflatus S.Watson Desert candle (Caulanthus inflatus), is a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native to the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States, where it is found at elevations between 150 and 1,500 meters. ... Binomial name (A.Gray) Greene Desert five-spot (Eremalche rotundifolia), is a flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States, where it is found between 50 and 1,500 m altitude in open places, sandy and rocky areas, and in washes. ... Binomial name Delphinium parishii A.Gray Desert larkspur (Delphinium parishii) is a flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to the Mojave Desert in the southwestern United States and northwest Mexico, where it is found between 300–2500 m altitude in California, Arizona, southwestern Utah, and Baja California. ... Binomial name Lotus rigidus (Benth. ... Binomial name Monoptilon bellioides (A.Gray) H.M.Hall Desert star (Monoptilon bellioides), is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to stony and sandy plains in the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States and in northwestern Mexico. ... [[{{{diversity_link}}}|Diversity]] {{{diversity}}} Binomial name Erigeron concinnus Trinomial name {{{trinomial}}} Type Species {{{type_species}}} {{{subdivision_ranks}}} [[Image:{{{range_map}}}|{{{range_map_width}}}|]] Synonyms {{{synonyms}}} Erigeron concinnus (Tidy Fleabane), is a perennial flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the dry mountains of the Mojave Desert around Death Valley in southeast California, north and east... Binomial name Ipomopsis arizonica (Greene) Wherry Ipomopsis arizonica (Arizona firecracker) is a flowering plant in the family Polemoniaceae, native to the mountains of the Mojave Desert from southeastern California east through southern Nevada to northern Arizona, growing at 1500-3100 m altitude. ... Binomial name Engelm. ... For other uses, see Joshua tree (disambiguation). ... Binomial name (Link) C.K.Schneid. ... Binomial name Opuntia fulgida Engelm. ... Creosote bush in foreground, Kilbourne hole NM in background, and more creosote bushes stretching to the horizon The Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata, formerly Larrea divaricata) is an evergreen shrub of the Zygophyllaceae family. ... Binomial name Linanthus demissus (A.Gray) Greene Linanthus demissus (Humble Gilia or Desert Snow) is a small flowering plant found in the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States, from southeastern California east to Arizona and southern Utah. ... Binomial name Lupinus arizonicus (S.Watson) S.Watson Lupinus arizonicus (Arizona lupine) is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to the Mojave Desert of the United States, growing in open places and sandy washes below 1100 m altitude. ... Binomial name Argemone corymbosa Greene Argemone corymbosa (Mojave prickly poppy) is a flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae native to the eastern Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. ... Mohave sage Mojave sage in Red Rock Canyon Categories: Plant stubs | Lamiaceae ... Binomial name Yucca schidigera Roezl ex Ortgies The Mojave yucca (Yucca schidigera), also known as the Spanish Dagger, is a flowering plant of the family Agavaceae that is native to the Mojave desert and Sonoran desert of southeastern California, Baja California, southern Nevada and western Arizona. ... Species See text Ephedra is a genus of gymnosperm shrubs, the only genus in the family Ephedraceae and order Ephedrales. ... Binomial name Phacelia calthifolia Brand Phacelia calthifolia (Caltha-leaved Phacelia), is a flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae. ... Binomial name Phacelia crenulata Phacelia crenulata (Notch-leaved phacelia), is a flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. ... Binomial name Pinus monophylla Torr. ... Binomial name Dalea searlsiae Prairie clover (Dalea searlsiae), is an uncommon perennial legume found in southern Nevada, USA, and the eastern Mojave Desert. ... Binomial name Senna covesii (A.Gray) H.S.Irwin & Barneby Senna covesii (Coues Cassia or Desert Senna; syn. ... Binomial name Opuntia bigelovii Engelm. ... Binomial name Juniperus osteosperma (Torr. ... Binomial name Eriophyllum lanosum The White woolly daisy (Eriophyllum lanosum or Antheropeas lanosum), is a spring wildflower found in the eastern Mojave Desert in the United States. ... Binomial name Lupinus microcarpus Wide-bannered lupine (Lupinus microcarpus), is a wildflower found in the western and central Mojave Desert in the United States. ...

Animals

Species Sauromalus ater Sauromalus australis Sauromalus hispidus Sauromalus obesus Sauromalus slevini Sauromalus varius Chuckwallas (less commonly Chuckawallas) are large lizards found primarily in arid regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1771) Cougar range map The cougar (Puma concolor), also puma, mountain lion, or panther, is a mammal of the Felidae family, native to the Americas. ... For other uses, see Coyote (disambiguation). ... Trinomial name Ovis canadensis nelsoni The Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) is a subspecies of Bighorn Sheep that occurs in the desert Southwest regions of the United States. ... Binomial name Phrynosoma platyrhinos Girard, 1852 The Desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos) is a horned lizard native to western North America. ... Species The Desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) is one of the most common lizards of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. ... Binomial name Vulpes macrotis Merriam, 1888 The Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis) is a relatively common North American fox particularly found in western, open prairie, plains and desert regions. ... Binomial name Gopherus agassizii Cooper, 1863 The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is a species of tortoise native to the Mojave desert and Sonoran desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. ... Fringe-Toed Lizards are reptiles of the genus Uma in the family Phrynosomatidae. ... Binomial name Cope, 1869 The gila monster (pronounced HEE-la, IPA pronunciation: ) (Heloderma suspectum) is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. ... Binomial name Pituophis catenifer (Blainville, 1835) Gopher snakes are found in a wide variety of habitats including desert flats, coastal dunes and coniferous forests, but preferring grasslands and open brush areas. ... For other uses, see Hummingbird (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Hare (disambiguation). ... Species 22, see text Kangaroo rats, genus Dipodomys, are small rodents native to North America. ... Binomial name Crotalus scutulatus (Kennicott, 1861) Synonyms Caudisona scutulata - Kennicott, 1861 C[rotalus]. scutulatus - Cope In Yarrow In Wheeler, 1875 Crotalus adamanteus scutulatus - Cope, 1875 Crotalus scutulatus - Boulenger, 1896 Crotalus confluentus kellyi - Amaral, 1929 Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus - Gloyd, 1940[1] Common names: Mohave rattlesnake,[2][3][4] Mojave green,[3... [[{{{diversity_link}}}|Diversity]] {{{diversity}}} Binomial name {{{binomial}}} Trinomial name Siphateles bicolor mohavensis Type Species {{{type_species}}} {{{subdivision_ranks}}} [[Image:{{{range_map}}}|{{{range_map_width}}}|]] Synonyms {{{synonyms}}} The Mohave tui chub (Siphateles bicolor mohavensis, formerly Gila bicolor mohavensis), also known as the Mohave chub, is an endangered chub originally found only in the Mojave River. ... The Siberian Tiger is a subspecies of tiger that are critically endangered. ... Binomial name (Rafinesque, 1817) The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a deer whose habitat is in the western half of North America. ... Binomial name Antilocapra americana Ord, 1815 Subspecies The Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) is the only surviving member of the family Antilocapridae, and the fastest mammal in North America running at speeds of 58 mph (90 km/h). ... Binomial name (Gmelin, 1788) Synonyms Buteo borealis Buteo broealis (lapsus) The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a medium-sized bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the chickenhawk. ... Superfamilies Pseudochactoidea Buthoidea Chaeriloidea Chactoidea Iuroidea Scorpionoidea See classification for families. ... For other uses, see Tarantula (disambiguation). ... Binomial name about 30 Species about 30 Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous New World snakes, genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, which have a small noise-making jointed rattle on their tails. ... Species See text. ...

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Inside of Amboy Crater Amboy Crater and Lava Field is an extinct North American cinder cone. ... For other uses, see Death Valley (disambiguation). ... Death Valley National Park is a mostly arid United States National Park located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Inyo County and northern San Bernardino County in California with a small extension into southwestern Nye County and extreme southern Esmeralda County in Nevada. ... A surreal sight for the unknowing I-15 traveler in the eastern Mojave Desert Lake Delores is the original, given name of the man-made lake and the surrounding site where stands a still physically-existent yet currently inoperative waterpark on Hacienda Road in the desert town of Newberry Springs... This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ... The Mojave phone booth was a lone telephone booth placed circa 1960 in the Mojave National Preserve which attracted an online following in 1997 due to its unusual location. ... Vehicles traveling the Mojave Road stop for a break at Marl Springs. ... The Palen Mountains are located in the southern Mojave Desert in southeastern California, USA. The range lies southeast of the Coxcomb Mountains, and northeast of the Chuckwalla Mountains near Interstate 10. ... Extent of Mojave Desert. ... Categories: Stub | Deserts | Ecoregions | Arizona geography | California geography | Geography of Mexico ... Zzyzx Road exit, Interstate 15 south of Baker, California Zzyzx Road, purported to be the lexicographically greatest (alphabetically last) street name in the world, is a 4. ... Shrub-steppe is low rainfall natural grassland ecoregion extending from southeastern Washington and eastern Oregon, through Idaho, Nevada, and Utah, and into western Wyoming and Colorado. ...

External links

References

  1. ^ Munro, P et al. A Mojave Dictionary Los Angeles: UCLA, 1992
  • Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Jon Mark Stewart, 1998, pg. iv

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Mojave Desert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (984 words)
The Mojave Desert (Mojave is used for the desert while Mohave is used for the native people) occupies a significant portion of southern California and smaller parts of southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, and northwestern Arizona, in the United States.
The Mojave Desert is bounded in part by the Tehachapi together with the San Gabriel and San Bernadino mountain ranges.
The Mojave Desert receives less than 6 inches (150 mm) of rain a year and is generally between 3,000 and 6,000 feet (1,000 and 2,000 m) in elevation.
Joshua Tree NP/Mojave Desert (248 words)
Situated between the Great Basin Desert to the north and the Sonoran to the south (mainly between 34 and 38°N latitudes), the Mojave, a rainshadow desert, is defined by a combination of latitude, elevation, geology, and indicator plants.
Although the Mojave Desert has the lowest absolute elevation and the highest maximum temperature (134°F in Death Valley), it is north of the Sonoran Desert and its average elevations are higher.
Synonymous with the Mojave Desert is the Joshua tree.
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