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The Whole Mojave

Overview

View from shadow mountains near El Mirage
The Mojave Desert exists in a rain shadow created by the Transverse Ranges and the Sierra Nevada



Mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada, San Gabriel, and San Bernardino border the greater Mojave Desert on the west. By blocking westerly winds and ocean moisture, these mountains create an arid and hot desert environment on the eastern side. East of the Mojave Desert lies the Colorado Plateau. Mojave desert's northern boundary meets the Great Basin Desert; its southern boundary meets the Sonoran Desert. Inspiration Point - San Gabriel Mountains
The mountains hold back moisture from the ocean - Inspiration Point

The rainfall varies with elevation, with a low of 4 inches per year near Baker, California, and a high of 9 inches yearly at higher elevations. Brief monsoons mark the summer months, but heavy rains characterize late winter; February is typically the wettest month. In the summer, daytime temperatures average 90 degrees and can exceed 105 degrees. High elevations can experience snowfall during winter when temperatures drop below freezing. -wf

snow in Mojave Desert
Snow can occur in the higher elevations - Phelan, Ca.



ref;
MINING HISTORY OF MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE
Heidi Koenig, M.A., RPA
Anthropological Studies Center Sonoma State University


Introduction


Map of Mojave Desert

The "Classic American Desert"

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Life at the Extremes

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Adaptations

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Human History

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Rising to the Occasion

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Management Challenges

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Water

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Off-Highway Vehicles

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Fire and Weeds

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source - BLM

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