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Mojave Desert Glossary

The following definitions may be helpful. In most instances they may not be specific to, or, all inclusive of the Mojave Desert. (also see: plant glossary)

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A
Abdomen *
Abiotic
Abrasion
ACEC *
Adapt
Adapted *
ADSORPTION
Aggradation
ALKALI *
ALKALINE *
ALKALINITY
ALLELOPATHY
ALLUVIUM
ALLUVIAL FAN
ALPINE
ALPINE ZONE
ALTITUDE
AMALGAM
AMPHIBIAN
ANGLE OF REPOSE
ANIMAL
ANNUAL GROWTH
ANNUALS
ANTENNAE
ANTHROPOGENIC
ANTHROPOLOGIST
ANTICLINE
ANTIDUNES
ANTHER
ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTIQUITIES
ANTLERS
AQUIFER
ARCH
ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
ARCHAEOLOGIST
ARCHAEOLOGY
ARID
ARRASTRE
ARTIFACT
ARROYO
ARTESIAN SPRING
ASPECT
ASSEMBLAGE
ATLATL


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B
BADLANDS
BAJADA
BASALT
BASELINE
BEDROCK
BEHAVIOR
BIMODEL
BIODEGRADABLE
BIODIVERSITY
BIOGEOCHEMICAL
BIOGEOGRAPHY
BIOINDICATOR
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
BIOLOGICAL INTEGRITY
BIOLOGICAL SOIL CRUSTS
BIOLOGIST
BIOLOGY
BIOMASS
BIOME
BIOTIC
BIRD
BLOWOUT
BLOWOUT DUNES
Bolson
BORAX
BORON
BOTANIST
BOTANY
BOX CANYON
BRAIDED STREAM
BROWSE
BUFFER
BURROW
BUTTE


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C
CALCAREOUS
CALICHE
CAMBIUM
CAMOUFLAGE
CANOPY
CANYON
CATCHMENT
CAPILLARY ACTION
CARDINAL DIRECTIONS
CARNIVORE
CARRION
CARRYING CAPACITY
CAVITY
CENOZOIC
CHANNEL
CHAPARRAL
CHEMICAL WEATHERING
CHLOROPHYLL
CHROMOSOMES
CLASSIFICATION
CLAY
CLIMATE
CLIMAX
CLIMAX SPECIES
CLOVIS CULTURE
CLOVIS POINT
COEVOLUTION
COMMENSALISM
COMMUNITY
COMPETITION
COMPOSITE
COMPOSITION
CONDENSATION
CONE
CONFINED AQUIFER
CONGLOMERATE
CONIFER
CONSERVATION
CONSUMER
CONTACT
CONTACT ZONE
CORRASION
CORRIDOR
COVER
CREPUSCULAR
CROWN
CULTURE
CULTURAL RESOURCES
CYCLE


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D
DECIDUOUS
DECOMPOSERS
DECOMPOSITION
DENSITY
DENUDED
DEPOSITION
DESERT
DESERT DEPRESSION
DESERTIFICATION
DESERT PAVEMENT
DESERT VARNISH
DESSICATION
DETRITUS
DICHOTOMOUS KEY
DICOT
DISK FLOWER
DISPERSAL
DISTRIBUTION
DISTURBANCE
DIURNAL
DIVERSITY
DOMINANT SPECIES
DRAINAGE
DRY LAKE
DUNES
DUST DEVIL
DUST STORM


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E
ECOLOGICAL
ECOLOGICAL ROLE
ECOLOGY
ECOSYSTEM
ECOTONE
ECOTOPE
ECTOTHERMIC
EDGE EFFECT
ENDANGERED SPECIES
ENDEMIC
ENDOSKELETON
ENVIRONMENT
EOLIAN
EOLIAN DEPOSIT
ERODE
EROSION
EROSIONAL REMNANT
EPHEMERAL
ESCARPMENT
EVAPORATION
EVAPOTRANSPIRATION
EVOLVED
EXOSKELETON
EXOTIC
EXTINCT
EXTRUSION


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F
FACULTATIVE
FAULT
FAULTING
FAUNA
FELDSPAR
FERAL
FLASH FLOOD
FLAVINOIDS
FLOOD PLAIN
FLORA
FLOW
FORB
FORMATION
FOLSOM CULTURE
FOLSOM POINT
FOOD CHAIN
FOOD WEB
FOSSIL
FOREST FLOOR
FOREST
FRAGMENTATION
FUNGUS


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G
GALENA
GENE FLOW
GENETIC
GENUS
GEOGRAPHY
GEOGLYPH
GEOLOGIC TIME
GEOLOGIC
GEOLOGY
GLACIATION
GNEISS *
GRAMINOIDS
GRANITE
GRABEN
GRANIVORY
GRAVEL
GROUP
GULLYING
GYNOSPERM


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H
HABITAT
HARDPAN
HEARTH
HERBACEOUS
HERBIVORE
HERBIVORY
HETREROGENEOUS
HOGBACK
HOMOGENEOUS
HORST
HOT SPRING
HUE
HUNTER GATHERER
HYDRIC
HYDROLOGY


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I
IGNEOUS
INDICATOR SPECIES
INDIGENOUS
INFILTRATION
Inflorescence
INORGANIC
INSECT
INSECTIVOROUS
INSTAR
INTERDEPENDENCE
INTERMITTENT STREAM
INTERNAL DRAINAGE
INTERPRETATION
INTRODUCED SPECIES
INTRUSION
INVASIVE
INVENTORY
INVERTEBRATE


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J
JOINT
JURRASIC


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K
KARST
KNOLL


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L
LABIUM
LABRUM
LANDSCAPE
LATITUDE
LEACHING
LEGUME
LAVA
LICHENS
LIFE ZONE
LIME
LIMESTONE
LITHIC SCATTER
LITTER
LOESS


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M
MAGMA
MAGNETITE
MALPAIS
MAMMAL
MANDIBLES
MANO
MAXILLAE
MEAN
MEANDER
MECHANICAL WEATHERING
MESA *
METAMORPHIC
METATE
METEOROLOGY
MICA
MICROHABITAT
MIDDEN
MIGRATION
MINERAL
MIRAGE
MONOCLINE
MONOCOT
MONOCULTURE
MONZOGRANITE
MORDANT
MORPHOLOGY
MULTIMODAL
MUTATION
MUTUALISM


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N
NATURAL BRIDGE
NATURALIZED
NATIVE
NEEDLE
NICHE
NITROGEN FIXATION
NITROGEN FIXING
NOCTURNAL
NOMADIC
NON-NATIVE
NUTRIENT


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O
OASIS
OBSIDIAN
OLD-GROWTH FOREST
OMNIVORE
OPPORTUNIST
ORE
ORGANIC MATTER
ORNITHOLOGIST
OROGENY
OUTCROP
OVERSTORY
OXIDIZE


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P
PALEO-
PALEO-ENVIRONMENT
PALEO-INDIANS
PALEONTOLOGY
PALEOZOIC
PAN
PANGAEA
PARABOLIC DUNE
PARSITISM
PARENT MATERIAL
PARTICULATES
PASSERINE
PATINA
PEDIMENT
PEGMATITES
PELLET
PERCOLATION
PERENNIAL
PERENNIAL STREAMS
PERMEABILITY
PERMIAN
PEST
PETROGLYPH
pH
PHLOEM
PHOTOSYNTHESIS
PHYLLITE
PHYSIOGRAPHY
PICTOGRAPH
PIGMENT
PIONEER SPECIES
PLACER
PLANT
PLANT COMMUNITY
PLATEAU
PLATE TECTONICS
PLAYA
PLEISTOCENE
PLUTON
POLLINATION
POPULATION
PRECAMBRIAN
PRECIPITATION
PREDATION
PREDATOR
PREHISTORIC
PRESERVATION
PREY
PRIMARY PRODUCTION
PRIMITIVE PLANTS
PROBOSCIS
PROCESSES
PRODUCER
PRODUCTIVITY
PROPAGULE
PUPAE
PYRITE
PYROCLASTIC


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Q
QUADRUPED
QUARTZ
QUARTZITE
QUATERNARY


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R
RADIOCARBON DATING
RANGE
RAPTOR
RARE
RAVINE
RAY FLOWER
REACH
RECYLE
RELATIVE AGE
RELATIVE DATING
RELATIVE TIME SCALE
RELICT
REPTILE
RESOURCE
RESPIRATION
RHIZOMES
RHIZOSPHERE
RHYOLITE
RIFT
RIMROCK
RIPARIAN
ROCK
RODENT
ROOST
RUNOFF
RUT


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S
SALTATION
SALT LAKE or SINK
SAND
SANDSTONE
SAPROPHYTE
SAPWOOD
SCARP
SCAT
SCATTER
SCAVENGER
SCHIST
SCOUR
SCREE
SEDIMENTARY
SEDIMENTS
SEED
SEISMIC
SEMIARID
SENSITIVE SPECIES
SHADE TOLERANT
SHERDS
SHORELINE
SILT
SILVER
SILURIAN
SLOT CANYON
SPECIES
SPORE
SPRING
STABILITY
STEPPE
STOMATA
STRATA
STRATIGRAPHY
STREAM TERRACE
SUBALPINE ZONE
SUBSTRATE
SYMBIOSIS
SYMBIOTIC
SYNCLINE


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T
TALUS
TANK
TAXA
Tectonic
TERRAIN
TERRITORY
THREATENED SPECIES
TOPOGRAPHY
TORPOR
TRACE
TRANSITION ZONE
TRAVERTINE
TRIASSIC
TRIBE
TROUGH
TUFA
TUFF
TUNGSTEN


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U
UNCONFORMITY
UNDERSTORY
UNGULATE
UPLAND
UPLIFTING


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V

VEGETATION
VENTIFACT
VERTEBRATES
VIABILITY
VISCOUS
VOLCANIC
VOLCANIC BOMBS
VOLCANICS


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W
WASH *
WATERSHED
WATER TABLE
WEATHERING
WILDERNESS
WILDLIFE
WILDLIFE DIVERSITY
WOODLAND


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X
XENOLITH
XERIC


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Z
ZEPHYR
ZOOLOGY
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