May 1, 200610:45 AMThe Life
Deserts of the world: Sonoran
May 1, 2006 - 10:45 AMPalm Springs is tucked into the northwest corner of the Sonoran Desert, an arid region covering 120,000 square miles in southeastern California, southwestern Arizona and portions of Mexico (extending across the western half of Sonora and throughout most of Baja California). The Colorado and Yuma deserts are subdivisions of this hot, dry area.
It boasts the highest average temperature of all the North American deserts, but irrigation has produced many fertile agricultural areas, including our own Coachella Valley. [Click thumbnail photo to enlarge.]