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
See Maps, cold/hot deserts, latitudes
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
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