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The Colorado Plateau (Alt + 3)
A Journey Through Time (Alt + 4)
Ecology of the Monument (Alt + 5)
Mojave desert ecoregion
Mojave transition zone
Great Basin ecoregion
Colorado Plateau ecoregion
Riparian corridors
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The Mojave Desert (Mojave) and its transition zone to the Great Basin eco-region support a great variety of plants and animals. You would think that nothing could live in this extreme heat with so little water, but plants and animals thrive. The Mojave is the driest of the North American deserts receiving around 10 inches of rain in a good year but much less other years. Summer temperatures may get to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more, but bring your coat in the winter because it is often below freezing at night.

Mojave Desert Wildlife
Fire in the Mojave Desert
Plants of the Mojave Desert
Biological Crusts in the Mojave Desert