Sonoran Desert


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Sonoran Desert

 

part of the Great Basin, on the northern and western coasts of the Gulf of California, in the USA and Mexico. In the relief of the Sonoran Desert, massive mountain ranges with elevations to 1,000–1,200 m alternate with low-lying bolsons. Annual precipitation is less than 100 mm. Winter temperatures are above 0°C. Vegetation, which is of the “woody” desert type, includes various large cacti, the Idria, the creosote bush, and the yucca.

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Next day, my alarm clock wakes me at 5am and I set off for the beautiful Sonoran Desert with Hot Air Expeditions to catch the sunrise.
Regeneration of Carnegiea gigantea (Cactaceae) since 1850 in three populations in the northern Sonoran Desert.
Names used for the four Sonoran Desert locations are from the USFWS Recovery Plan (1999b).
In the second half of Showdown in the Sonoran Desert, Rose outlines the push-and-pull factors that contribute to this massive influx of migration into the United States and the resulting grave border conflict.
Also available is a 90-minute horseback ride through the untouched areas of the Sonoran Desert.
Evidence supports a growing suspicion among botanists that small cactus species throughout the Sonoran Desert are falling prey to increased insect outbreaks, and drought only weakens the plants' defenses--a sign of climate change in action.
When the rains come; a naturalist's year in the Sonoran desert.
The Sonoran Desert covers approximately 311,000 square kilometers (120,000 square miles) of Northern Mexico, Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Southern Arizona, and California (see map, p.
Its major conurbations, Phoenix and Tucson are in the southern sector and surrounded by the cacti of the Sonoran Desert.
Finally, drought hit the Sonoran Desert in 1996, plummeting the number of Sonoran pronghorn in the United States to 21 by 2002, the worst drought year on record in southern Arizona.
He explains, "The Sonoran Desert is facing a massive onslaught of tourism, urban growth, water shortage and landscape fragmentation.
Edited by natural historian Richard Stephen Felger and research associate Bill Broyles, Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert is an in-depth natural history reference and resource of the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona and northwestern Mexico.