The desert is a difficult place in which to live. Yet, 13 percent of the world's people live in desert habitats. Spectacular photography highlights this series about the world's major desert systems. Each title focuses on one desert, describing its topography, climate, plant and animal life, unique geographical features, human cultures, and the problems facing the region.
The Mojave Desert
Located in the states of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, there are several national parks in the Mojave Desert, including Death Valley-the hottest place in North America. Settlers gave Death Valley its-name after enduring extreme suffering while trying to cross the unforgiving valley in 1849. Petroglyphs made by Paleo-Indians, the earliest known people in North America, are a reminder of the many indigenous peoples, including the Mojave people, who have made the Mojave Desert their home. Today, urbanization and pollution are threatening desert wildlife, such as the bighorn sheep. As the populations of Los Angeles and Las Vegas grow, more space is needed for homes, roads, and food crops, and there is an increasing demand for landfill space.