May 2, 200602:49 PMThe Life
Deserts of the world: Mojave
May 2, 2006 - 02:49 PMBetween the hot Sonoran Desert and the cooler, higher Great Basin is the Mojave Desert. If you drive up Route 62 from Desert Hot Springs to Morongo Valley, you'll be in the Mojave at the top of the hill. This arid region occupies more than 25,000 square miles in southeastern California and portions of Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
The Mojave's climate has extreme variations in daily temperature and an average annual precipitation (almost all of which arrives during the winter) of less than 5 inches. Freezing temperatures occur in winter, while summers are hot and windy.
The Joshua Tree yucca plant (immortalized by U2) occurs only in this desert. [Click thumbnail photo to enlarge.]