California: Mojave Desert Shadow of Dryness

The Mojave Desert takes its name from ‘Hamakhaave’, meaning ‘beside the water’ in the language of the native Mohave people.

This high-desert area takes up a significant part of the state of California.

It’s boundaries are defined by the presence of Yucca brevifolia - Joshua trees.

Rain-producing weather is prevented from reaching the Mojave due to wind directions and mountain formations, thus casting what is called a rain-shadow - a “shadow of dryness”.

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Death Valley is both the lowest and hottest place in North America.

The desert is home to an incredible estimated 2,000 species of plants.

Reference: Wikipedia