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Introduction to the Sonoran Desert

Welcome to the Sonoran Desert — background information

We often hear of the desert as being a "harsh environment" where plant and animal life must "struggle to survive." To humans, the desert heat and drought do appear to be harsh, and desert life does seem to be a struggle. However, desert species are adapted to desert conditions. Thousands of organisms thrive here. If the desert environment were hostile to life, life here would not exist. (PDF File)

Desert Questions and Answers

The most important questions — excerpts from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Book of Answers. Read more...

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