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Mojave Desert Biome


Ecology: A branch of biology that deals with the relationships of organisms to one another and to their environments. - Ed.

An ecosystem is a hierarchical set of open systems in which physical, chemical, and biological processes interact. Natural communities and their physical environment make up an ecosystem. This definition implies a whole unified by life processes. Ecosystems are living communities and interactive habitats.

Among ecosystems, some are microscopic, and the largest is the biosphere. Restoration can target different size ecosystems within the nested set, some of which cover multiple states, localized watersheds, or smaller aquatic habitats.

In other words, every organism (including humans) is affected by and interacts with its environment. It is composed of a combination of living and non-living elements. In addition to energy, water, air, and substrates, non-living components include chemicals such as nutrients. Plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and microorganisms are living elements. In some sense, we have an ecosystem when we combine both types of components and their interactions. -wf

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An area or region of land designated for study purposes that has distinct characteristics setting it apart from others. In the Mojave, two general ecosections, separated by geomorphic boundaries, are further classified into ecosubsections.

Desert Ecosystems

A closer look at similar, but very different desert ecosystems in two of our desert national parks

    Joshua Tree National Park Ecosystems

    Deserts host plants and animals living in what strikes many humans as oppressive environments. Solar energy that green plants convert into food fuels life here. Although in most ecosystems plants compete for sunlight, here most plants are adapted to minimize the effects of too much solar energy.

    Death Valley National Park Ecosystems

    An ecosystem is how it all works together. The geology of region provide for the plants, which provide for the animals that eat the plants and animals that eat ...


Habitats are environments that are inhabited by a specific plant species or animal.

Flora & Fauna

Specific plant and animal species, and communities within, and around desert ecosystems.


Within the environment lie the ecologies of biomes composed of habitats forming thier own environment. This is scaleable to all levels of environmental habitats. - Ed.

Desert Habitat Summaries

Desert Habitats

Coyote at Furnace Creek, Death Valley Biome

A major biotic community characterized by the dominant plant life and the climate that generally prevails.


The study of the natural interaction of organisms to one another within their environment.

Food Chains

A food chain, in ecology, is a hierarchical series of transfers of energy in an ecological community according to the order of predation using the next usually lower member as a food source. - Ed.

Mojave Desert and adjacent California Ecosections map

Last Chance Spring, El Paso Mountains - riparian habitat
Last Chance Spring

Round-tailed rat at Johua Tree National Park
Round-tailed Squirrel

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