dry or desert like conditions, having very little moisture with average annual rainfall of less than 10 inches.
Valley of Fire, Nevada
Nevada's oldest state park, located in the Mojave Desert and dedicated in 1935, covers almost 35,000 acres. Its name is derived from the red sandstone formations created by ancient shifting sand dunes. Average annual rainfall is about 4 inches.
Grand Canyon, Arizona (taken from the North Rim)
This National Park, covering over 1.2 million acres on the Colorado Plateau, is also a World Heritage Site. Consisting of several major ecosystems, great biodiversity exists here.The inner canyon is xeric, receiving only about 9 inches of rain a year.
Sonoran Desert (Phoenix area)One of the largest and hottest deserts in North America, covering 120,000 square miles just south of the Mojave Desert, the Sonoran Desert can be found in the US states of Arizona and California and the Mexican states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora. A unique variety of flora and fauna exist here such as the saguaro cacti seen in the above photo. Average annual rainfall varies from 3 inches to 16 inches. Many areas are xeric such as Phoenix with just over 8 inches of rainfall per year. (Arizona is the only state that has all four North American deserts--Sonoran, Mojave, Chihuahuan, and Great Basin.)
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Valley of Fire:official website
my post "Still Exploring"
Grand Canyon:official website
biomes of the Sonoran Desert
photos by me © 2009 and 2010