Wickenburg Countryside

Wickenburg Countryside

     The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert located in the lower half of Arizona and in northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California.  It is one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America, with an area of 280,000 square kilometers (110,000 sq mi). The western portion of the United States-Mexico border passes through the Sonoran Desert. As you move north, the Sonoran Desert transitions to the colder-winter, higher-elevation Mojave and Great Basin deserts.

     The Sonoran Desert is thought to have the greatest species diversity of any desert in North America. It is home to 60 mammal species, 350 bird species, 20 amphibian species, over 100 reptile species, 30 native fish species, over 1000 native bee species, and more than 2,000 native plant species. Many plants and animals not only survive, but thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Many have evolved to have specialized adaptations to the desert climate. Also, landscape diversity in the Sonoran Desert rivals that of any other terrestrial ecoregion on Earth.

    This photo is typical of the terrain found around Wickenburg and where Rima and Hix live in Condor Moon.

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