The Sonoran Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Sonora) is a North American desert and ecoregion which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California as well as Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. It is the hottest desert in Mexico. It has an area of 260,000 square kilometers (100,000 sq mi).
In phytogeography, the Sonoran Desert is within the Sonoran Floristic Province of the Madrean Region in southwestern North America, part of the Holarctic Kingdom of the northern Western Hemisphere. The desert contains a variety of unique and endemic plants and animals, such as the saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) and organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
The Sonoran desert is clearly distinct from nearby deserts (e.g., the Great Basin, Mojave, and Chihuahuan Deserts) because it provides subtropical warmth in winter and two seasons of rainfall as opposed to the Mojave's dry summers and cold winters. This creates an extreme contrast between aridity and moisture.
Reviews of Sonoran Desert
There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write one.
Submit a Review
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sonoran Desert", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.