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Study Guide Answers

1.     List the five distinctive desert regions in the United States.
     Sonoran Desert, Mojave Desert, Great Basin Desert, Navajoan Desert, Chihuahuan Desert
2.     Which river bisects the Sonoran desert?
     Colorado River
3.     A perennial stream that rises outside the desert region through which it flows is called a(n) ___________________ .
     exotic river
4.     Name the largest dam in Nevada.
     Hoover Dam
5.     What is the name given to steep-sided, normally dry stream beds?
     arroyos
6.     What is the "indicator plant" of the Arizona desert?
     saguaro
7.     Plant life in these deserts cannot live for more than one hundred years. True or false?
     false
8.     What is another name of the Old Man cactus?
     Senita
9.     Name the group of cacti which are distinguished by plate-like segments and the various cholla with their cylinder-shaped segments.
     opuntia
10.     Cacti do not grow flowers. True or false?
     false
11.     Plants that sprout from seeds after rainy periods are called __________________ .
     ephemerals or annuals
12.     Explain how animals have adapted to the climate in the deserts.
     discussion
13.     Discuss the different types of people who have lived near the deserts.
     discussion
14.     Where does the Sonoran Desert lie?
     Arizona, Southeast California, and into Mexico
15.     Where does the Mohave Desert lie?
     Eastern California and Southern Nevada
16.     Name the most famous undrained basin of the Mojave Desert.
     Death Valley
17.     What is the "indicator species" of the Mojave Desert?
     Joshua tree
18.     Who gave #17 its name?
     Mormon pioneers
19.     Where is the Great Basin centered?
     Nevada
20.     What is the largest of the Great Basin's salty lakes?
     Great Salt Lake of Utah
21.     Where does the Chihuahan Desert lie?
     West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico
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