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Mojave Desert, California

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The Mojave Desert is an arid rain-shadow desert and the driest desert in North America. It is located in the southwestern United States, primarily within southeastern California and southern Nevada, and it occupies a total of 47877mi2. Very small areas also extend into Utah and Arizona. Its boundaries are generally noted by the presence of Joshua trees, which are native only to the Mojave Desert and are considered an indicator species, and it is believed to support an additional 1,750 to 2,000 species of plants. The central part of the desert is sparsely populated, while its peripheries support large communities such as Las Vegas, Lancaster, Palmdale, Victorville, and St. George.The Mojave Desert is bordered by the Great Basin Desert to its north and the Sonoran Desert to its south and east. Topographical boundaries include the Tehachapi Mountains to the west, and the San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains to the south. The mountain boundaries are distinct because they are outlined by the two largest faults in California – the San Andreas and Garlock faults. The Mojave Desert displays typical basin and range topography. Higher elevations above 2000ft)(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.
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  • September 20, 2017
    If you get a chance go through the Mojave Desert! You get the feeling that you're really in a desert, no sense that there will be no one around you!!! Spectacular dunes anyway, it deserves ... is different from other parks, don't think of it as a duplicate!
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  • September 14, 2017
    A great desert and full of mystery, stretching from California to Nevada. Us, coming from Las Vegas, we saw only that portion that is part of the reserve of Red Rock (about an hour's drive of the city). In this regard the Council to stop at one of the various centers information that explains very well the characteristics of the local flora and fauna, as well as the particularities of the sand and the mountains that you can find in this area. In the one where we went there were several interesting exhibits, including one dedicated to ghost towns in the area. In any case, even the desert itself is extremely fascinating. Personally I could admire her incredible vastness and wonder of its colors at Infineon. We enjoyed a nice walk of twelve kilometers, but then we relaxed with a leisurely drive through one of the streets that cross the desert. Both experiences were wonderful.
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  • August 7, 2017
    'It's definitely a story' we like to tell everyone. Our plan was to drive from LA to Vegas in a mustang - and got there. Eventually. We got a little lost, but the actual desert was pretty awesome. TIP...  more »

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