Mojave Desert


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The Mojave Desert is named after the Mohave Native Americans. The Desert occupies southern California, and parts of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, where it is about 54,000 square miles. This desert is at higher elevations and is also the smallest desert out of the four American desert, which the other three are the Great Basin Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, and Sonoran Desert. In the Mojave Desert there are four national parks: Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Mojave National Preserve.



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Mojave Desert is considered to be one of the hottest deserts in America, where tempertures can reach up to 120 degrees fahrenheit. The desert recieves less than six inches of rain a year. It gets very hot in the summer time and cold in winter time as well, around 20-30 degress fahrenheit. It is uncommon for snow to fall in some parts of the Desert, it still does snow.



There are many different species and plants in the Mojave Desert, but only some surive due to its enviornment. The animals who are able to surive in the Desert are called Endeminc species, where they adapt to the extreme climate.
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Tortoise - Gopherus agassizii
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Desert Lavender - Hytis emoryi