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Mojave Desert, California

Categories: Deserts, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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The Mojave Desert is a rain-shadow, mostly high desert area, that occupies a significant portion of southeastern California and smaller parts of central California, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona in the United States. The Mojave Desert's boundaries are generally defined by the presence of Yucca brevifolia (Joshua trees), considered an indicator species for this desert. It is the driest of the North American deserts. The desert is believed to support between 1,750 and 2,000 species of plants.It is roughly rectangular in shape, bounded by the Great Basin Desert to the north, and the Sonoran Desert to the south and east. The 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 quite distinct since 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 2,000 feet (610 m) in the Mojave are commonly referred to as the High Desert; however, Death Valley is the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level and is one of the Mojave Desert's more notorious places. It occupies less than 50,000 square miles, making it the smallest of the North American deserts.
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  • Going from California to Vegas by car, through the Mojave desert. The landscape is beautiful and different, because everything is very dry. Looks like a Wild West movie scene. We stopped at a roadside diner, and took some pictures of different plants and beautiful landscapes. It's in the middle of nowhere, you walk kilometers and miles and not see anything beyond the desert.
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  • Leaving Los Angeles to Las Vegas, it is passed through this desert which was pretty empty. Plan a stock of bottles of water as the temperature climbs very quickly when you reach Nevada and sunburn catch easily if you walk outside.
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  • If it is not understood as an attraction by itself, the Mojave desert also serves as a shortcut between Las Vegas and California, between 15 and 40 roads. In my case, I came to Arizona, the town of Oatman. Pass slowly, enjoying the curiosíssimas Joshua Trees. Note If you can't find a turtle on the banks of the road. Enjoy the endless lines of the desert, which sometimes brings us a feeling of mirage. Same as passage, you will like to be there.
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