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List of North American deserts

Black Rock Desert, northwest Nevada, a dry lake in the Great Basin Desert
Aerial photo of the Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
A geological syncline in the Mojave Desert near Barstow, California
Unusual gypsum dunes at White Sands National Monument in the Chihuahuan Desert
Saguaro (detail), icon of the Sonoran Desert. Photo by Ansel Adams, c.1941
Feral horses run across a Sagebrush steppe, Tule Valley, Utah
View of Indian Wells Valley, part of the Mojave (high) desert near Ridgecrest, California

This list of North American deserts identifies areas of the continent which receive less than 10 in (250 mm) annual precipitation.

There are three major hot and dry deserts in North America, all located in the Western United States and North Mexico.[2] These are:

Additionally, a large cold desert, the Great Basin Desert, encompasses much of the northern Basin and Range Province, north of the Mojave Desert.

Other smaller cold deserts lie within the Columbia Plateau/Columbia Basin, the Snake River Plain, and the Colorado Plateau regions.

Canada has a few small "deserts" such as the Nk'mip Desert, which is actually shrub steppe. Another "desert" near Carcross, Yukon is commonly called a desert, but it is not a true desert, rather an area of northern sand dunes.[3]

Full listing

(Listed from north to south)

See also


  1. ^ North American desert biomes at Rutgers University
  2. ^ "Desert Biome," University of California Museum of Paleontology.
  3. ^ Northern dunes, not deserts
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