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  Mojave Desert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mojave_Desert   (984 words)

  
 Joshua Tree NP/Mojave Desert
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.
www.nps.gov /jotr/nature/features/deserts/mojave.html   (248 words)

  
 Mojave Desert. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000
interior sea, the desert was formed by volcanic action (lava surfaces with cinder cones are present) and by material deposited by the Colorado R. The temp.
Juniper and Joshua trees are found on the higher, outer mt. slopes; desert-type vegetation, and numerous intermittent lakes and streams are present in the valleys.
The Mojave R. enters from SW and is the largest stream.
www.bartleby.com /69/27/M08927.html   (372 words)

  
 Mojave Desert, California   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Mojave Desert occupies a huge area of southern California, from the southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains roughly as far south as Interstate 10, where it meets the Colorado Desert.
The Mojave Desert is bordered on the south by I-10 in California, on the west by US395 in California, on the north by US50 in Nevada and on the east by I-15.
Along the main roads which run through the Mojave Desert (I-15, I-40 and California State Highway 58) there are no sand dunes as are found in the Sahara or Arabian deserts, nor giant cacti as found in the eastern part of the Sonoran Desert.
freespace.virgin.net /john.cletheroe/usa_can/ca/mojave.htm   (763 words)

  
 Mojave, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mojave is a town located in Kern County, California.
The town is located at the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert, below the Oak Creek Pass.
The airport is also the first inland spaceport in the United States, the Mojave Spaceport, which was the location of the first private spaceflight, the launch of SpaceShipOne on June 21, 2004.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mojave,_California   (530 words)

  
 Mojave Desert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The intent of this study was to begin to assess the condition and effect of disturbance on government lands in the American southwest, the Mojave desert of southern California in particular.
The existence of natural deserts on the earth is attributed primarily to the subtropical high pressure zones between 15 and 25 degrees north and south latitudes that form a part of the general system of atmospheric circulation.
The Mojave and Colorado deserts blend together in a transition dominated by high desert scrub to the east and Joshua Tree to the west near the center of Joshua Tree National Park, California.
www.gis.uiuc.edu /mojave/mojave_baa/mojave.html   (1211 words)

  
 Mojave Desert Science Symposium   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ecology of the desert tortoise on the Beave Dam Slope, Arizona.
Desert bighorn sheep and feral burros are medium-sized ungulates; feral burros weigh about 1.5 to 2 times as much as the largest desert bighorn ram, and 3 to 4 times as much as a bighorn ewe.
Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis)grows along the driest ephemeral reaches of the Mojave River and, although it is a xerophyte, it was mapped to document its extent during 1995.
www.werc.usgs.gov /mojave-symposium/abstracts.html   (16150 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Mojave Desert, United States (U.S. Physical Geography) - Encyclopedia
Mojave or Mohave Desert, c.15,000 sq mi (38,850 sq km), region of low, barren mountains and flat valleys, 2,000 to 5,000 ft (610–1,524 m) high, S Calif.; part of the Great Basin of the United States.
Once a part of an ancient interior sea, the desert was formed by volcanic action (lava surfaces with cinder cones are present) and by material deposited by the Colorado River.
North of Edwards, on the western edge of the desert, is Mojave Airport : a civilian test facility and aircraft storage center.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/M/MojaveDs.html   (461 words)

  
 MOJAVE DESERT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Mojave Desert is difficult to define in biological terms because it covers a wide range of different vegetation types, elevation and climate.
In contrast, the lower-lying southern sections of the Mojave Desert contain extensive tracts of creosote bush, resembling the Sonoran Desert.
The cacti at the upper elevations of the Mojave Desert need to be frost-tolerant, because this desert receives winter precipitation, which sometimes occurs as snow.
helios.bto.ed.ac.uk /bto/desbiome/mojave.htm   (508 words)

  
 Mojave Desert
The Mojave or Mohave Desert, is the smallest of the four North American deserts.
The Mojave Desert is situated between the Great Basin Desert to the north (a cold desert) and the Sonoran desert to the south (a hot desert).
The Mojave Desert is considered a dry desert because of the rain shadow effect.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /mojave_desert.htm   (551 words)

  
 Mojave Desert Poster Back (2)
The art of tattooing was also important to the Mojave, who frequently adorned their faces 500 km trips to the Pacific Coast to trade pottery and other goods for seashells and beads.
Like their Mojave neighbors, the Chemehuevi were highly mobile, making use of resources throughout their large territory; however, they also had settlements to which they returned regularly.
Favoring peace, the new Mojave chief guided hundreds to the reservation, while the former chief remained to lead those who refused to leave their homeland; the tribe was effectively split into two.
www.blm.gov /education/00_resources/articles/mojave/mojaveposterback1a.html   (1630 words)

  
 Mojave Desert - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Mojave Desert
The Mojave National Preserve protects the central part of the desert.
The town of Mojave, population (2000 est) 3,800, is situated 48 km/30 mi north of Lancaster, at a major railway junction for goods traffic.
Formerly a trading post for borax, mined in Death Valley at the northern edge of the desert, it is now a service and accommodation centre for travellers.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Mojave+Desert   (193 words)

  
 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Mojave desert (NA1308)
The Mojave is bounded to the north by the Great Basin Shrub Steppe, to the west by the Sierra Nevada and California montane scrub, and to the east by the Colorado Plateau.
While the Mojave Desert is not as biologically distinct as the other desert ecoregions, distinctive endemic communities occur throughout it.
Conversion threats to the Mojave are concentrated in the southwest and east central portions of the ecoregion.
worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/na/na1308_full.html   (1091 words)

  
 California Guide - Mojave National Preserve
The Mojave desert may have a reputation as being a hot, rattlesnake-infested sandy wasteland, but it has numerous special places of interest, and the vast open spaces do have a special, stark beauty of their own, which has to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated.
The desert may seem timeless, unending and indestructible, but it is threatened by a variety of developments - expansion of the army reservations, mining, land-fill rubbish dumps and new housing construction.
The East Mojave: The most unspoilt and unpopulated region is the East Mojave, and a large expanse between I-40 and I-15 containing much scenic and unusual terrain has been protected for many years as a National Scenic Area.
www.americansouthwest.net /california/mojave/national_preserve.html   (382 words)

  
 Mojave Desert on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
MOJAVE DESERT [Mojave Desert] c.15,000 sq mi (38,850 sq km), region of low, barren mountains and flat valleys, 2,000 to 5,000 ft (610-1,524 m) high, S Calif.; part of the Great Basin of the United States.
The Integratron in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park was designed by George Van Tassel in what he claims was a collaboration with space aliens.
Spatial Distribution of Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima Torr.) Populations in the Mojave Desert.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/M/MojaveD1s.asp   (1295 words)

  
 Great Basin--Mojave Desert Region
The Great Basin-Mojave Desert region is home to the oldest living organisms on Earth, such as Great Basin bristlecone pines, which can live 4,900 years (Schmid and Schmid 1975), and the creosotebush clones in the Mojave Desert, which are an estimated 10,000-11,000 years old (Vasek et al.
The Mojave ground squirrel occupies a restricted range in the northwestern Mojave Desert in California (Hafner and Yates 1983), and the Owens Valley vole is restricted to the Owens Valley of southeastern California.
The flora and fauna of the northwestern portion of the Mojave Desert were isolated in a wet relict habitat during the last glaciation and consequently became an ecologically unique area (Hafner 1992).
biology.usgs.gov /s+t/SNT/noframe/gb150.htm   (14767 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Historic road through Mojave desert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Mojave National Preserve has some of the tallest sand dunes and thickest Joshua tree forests on the continent and, better still, a combination of elements — lava cones, dry lake beds, basin and range topography that make it a kind of desert primer.
This desert oasis at Kelbaker and Kelso-Cima roads (two of the paved arteries that cross the preserve) was born with the completion of the railroad between Salt Lake City and LA in 1906, when there was considerable mining in the area.
But the eastern portal of the Old Mojave Road is near the Avi, which is owned by the Mojave Indians who settled the river's flood plain and helped blaze the trail that became the road.
www.usatoday.com /travel/destinations/2004-02-11-mojave_x.htm   (1968 words)

  
 The Mojave Desert - DesertUSA
The Mojave's desert climate is characterized by extreme variation in daily temperature and an average annual precipitation of less than 5 inches.
While some do not consider the Mojave a desert in its own right, the Mojave Desert hosts about 200 endemic plant species found in neither of the adjacent deserts.Cactus are usually restricted to the coarse soils of bajadas.
Approximate DesertUSA Boundaries: Bordered on the south by Interstate 10 in California, on the west by California's U.S. Route 395, on the North by U.S. Route 50 in Nevada, and on the east by Interstate 15.
www.desertusa.com /du_mojave.html   (308 words)

  
 Desert Tortoise Ecology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Desert tortoises are found on flats, alluvial fans, bajadas and rocky terrain.
However, the desert tortoises reproductive potential is low, laying relatively few eggs (3-14) in each clutch, and having a high mortality rate for juveniles approaching 99%.
Desert tortoises have unique characteristics enabling them to survive in the desert environment.
geochange.er.usgs.gov /sw/impacts/biology/tortoise1   (599 words)

  
 Nevada Desert Research Center (NDRC) Home
The mission of our center is to gain a better understanding of the ecological function and structure of the Mojave Desert at all scales, and how the function and structure might be impacted by global climate change.
These projects are a FACE (Free-Air CO Enrichment), the Nevada Desert FACE Facility, study to examine the effects of elevated CO on the Mojave Desert ecosystem and a Mojave Global Change study to examine the effects of other predicted climate change factors, namely nitrogen deposition, crust disturbance, and increased precipitation.
In addition to gaining an understanding of the possible responses of the Mojave Desert to global climate change, the current funded research will also provide a better understanding of the Mojave Desert biosphere at molecular, physiological and ecosystem levels, as well as soil dynamics and the inter-relationships among plants, herbivores and insects.
www.unlv.edu /Colleges/Sciences/Biology/Climate_Change_Research   (340 words)

  
 Mojave Desert Biodiversity Project: Research Overview
The Mojave desert is located in the southwestern United States, covering more than 20 million hectares spread across four states: California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.
Few animals now are as well studied as the desert tortoise: Grover and DeFalco (1995) present a bibliography for the biology of this species with over 700 citations prior to 1992.
The ongoing investigation of the desert tortoise at Fort Irwin is described at http://curly.tec.army.mil/mojave/mojave.html.
bufo.geo.orst.edu /mojave/researchoverview.html   (838 words)

  
 Mojave National Preserve (National Park Service)
Desert tortoises burrow in creosote bush flats, while the fl and yellow Scott’s oriole nests in Joshua trees higher up the slopes.
The road was the major route across the Mojave Desert until the arrival of the first railroad route in 1883.
The Mojave Road bisects the Preserve from east to west.
www.nps.gov /moja   (464 words)

  
 fUSION Anomaly. Mojave
Once part of an ancient inland sea, the desert was formed by volcanic action and by materials deposited by the Colorado River.
Mojave Desert (mo-hä´vê) or Mohave Desert, arid area, SE California, part of the Sonoran section of the Basin and Range physiographic division of the western U.S. It is warm throughout the year, but with marked diurnal temperature changes, and receives an average annual rainfall of 5 in.
Jack Parsons, on February 28, 1946, went out into the Mojave Desert in order to invoke Babalon, thus taking down 77 clauses of what came to be known as his Book of Babalon.
fusionanomaly.net /mojave.html   (586 words)

  
 Desert Ecosystems Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Plant and animal life in desert areas are often poised on the edge of disaster due to these extreme conditions.
Thus, while deserts have a reputation for being rugged and tough, they are actually very fragile and susceptible.
Each of these deserts is sub-divided into a number of smaller deserts, some of which have more than one name.
muirmaid.home.sprynet.com /desert.htm   (293 words)

  
 SPACE.com -- Spaceport to Rise in California's Mojave Desert
A desert airdrome in Mojave, California is on the final glide path to getting government approval for becoming an inland gateway to space.
The Mojave Airport is located approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles, in southeastern Kern County, along the western edge of the Mojave Desert.
Mojave Airport is a leading civilian flight test center and is home to some of the most unique and exotic aircraft ever built.
www.space.com /news/mojave_spaceport_040524.html   (1329 words)

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