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Mojave Desert

also Mohave Desert
An arid region of southern California and Nevada southeast of the Sierra Nevada. Once part of an ancient inland sea, the desert was formed by volcanic action and by materials deposited by the Colorado River.
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Mojave Desert


Mohave Desert

(Placename) a desert in S California, south of the Sierra Nevada: part of the Great Basin. Area: 38 850 sq km (15 000 sq miles)
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(or Mo•ha′ve) Des′ert

(moʊˈhɑ vi)
a desert in S California: part of the Great Basin. ab. 15,000 sq. mi. (38,850 sq. km).
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mojave Desert - a desert area in southern California and western ArizonaMojave Desert - a desert area in southern California and western Arizona
Arizona, Grand Canyon State, AZ - a state in southwestern United States; site of the Grand Canyon
Calif., California, Golden State, CA - a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
Death Valley - a desert area that is part of the Mojave Desert in eastern California and southwestern Nevada; contains the lowest point in North America
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Both inland Mojave Desert and coastal chaparral shrublands also share a number of edaphic attributes in common (Table 5).
The Mojave Desert is one of the hottest and driest regions in North America and is characterized by widely fluctuating temperatures both seasonally and diurnally (Rundel and Gibson, 1996).
Though the Mojave Desert is a land of temperature extremes and vast spaces without water, it is also home to Native American peoples and numerous rare wildlife and plant species, including some that can be found nowhere else.
20,000 ACRES OF LAND being donated to California's desert parks, thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust's recent purchases of privately-owned homesteads, ranches, and mines within Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Mojave National Preserve.
The Biffy boys asked the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman if he enjoyed producing the Arctic Monkeys in a studio in California's Mojave desert.
A mysterious UFO sighting above the Mojave Desert, known as "The Edwards Encounter," also receives Marrett's attention.
A huge explosion killed two workers and critically injured four others at a Mojave Desert site used by a pioneering aerospace company linked to Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space tourism business.
After a harrowing solo journey to the High Sierras, Bledsoe reconnects with nature on a series of incredible true adventures from the Mojave Desert to Antarctica.
I made this picture in the colorful Bagdad Cafe, a remote roadhouse in California's Mojave Desert. (It was the location for a German cult film of the same name, shot here in 1988.) The cook peers out at us from the clutter of his surroundings with a wary eye--he has seen many cameras across the counter from him over the years, and I'm just another lens in his face.
Ohio State University researcher shave found that extracts from two Mojave Desert plants can kill the parasites that cause leishmaniasis and African sleeping sickness.
The Gold Basin meteorite field was discovered in 1995, in the Gold Basin region of the Mojave Desert, Arizona.
For her latest, ongoing project, "29 Palms," 2003-, Le has been photographing a large swath of California's Mojave desert that has been designated a combat-training zone for Marines headed to Iraq and Afghanistan.