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PubTalk 12/2006 — The Mojave National Preserve

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Geology and Water Shape Desert Plant Communities

by David Miller, Geologist and John Nimmo, Soil Hydrologist


  • One of the largest units in the National Park System, the Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994
  • The Preserve encompasses great sand dunes (including "singing sands"), young volcanic features, forests of Joshua trees, and fields of wildflowers
  • Maps of the surface geology can predict the distribution of vegetation types
  • How do the different ways soils accept rainwater affect plant communities?
  • Learn how USGS researchers are modeling the relations of geology, water, and desert plants




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