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Place::Desert (More coming soon! This is an outline)

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Welcome to the desert, tips for newcomers, info, and maps (geographical, topographical, bioregional, indigenous land, political, resource, watershed, Native Land, DeColonization Atlas, rain/temperature graphs)


What is a desert?

Climate, temperature, elevation, rainfall, plant communities


World deserts

See Maps, cold/hot deserts, latitudes


Aridamerica/US SW

4 major N American deserts: Great Basin, Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mohave

Climate trends, extremes, drought patterns


The Sonoran Desert

~200,000 sq mi; spread over 2 countries and 5 states (CA, AZ, Baja CA Sud, Baja CA Norte, and Sonora MX), with 6 biotic subdivisions. Most lush and biodiverse desert on the planet, most food plants, 2 (vs typical 1) rainy seasons, with tropical roots.


AZ uplands subdivision, one of six subdivisions

Including the Tucson area, and characterized by saguaro-bean tree forests, Uplands anchors the northeastern edge of the huge Sonoran Desert

6 subdivisions


Sky Islands

Biotic communities from desert floor @2000' to alpine forests @9000'


Other nearby biotic communities:

Other Sonoran Desert subdivisions (ie Colorado River Basin, Plains of Sonora MX), other desert biomes (Mohave, Chihuahuan), Aridlands-adapted, introduced


Climate crisis and solutions

Permaculture principles prioritizing site design for passive solar orientation, rainwater and greywater harvesting, food forests plantings for food and water security and shade/cooling, alternative energy


Soul of Place

Literature, poetry,


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