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Deserts are often defined as areas that receive less than 10 inches of average annual rainfall, but a more accurate defining factor is aridity. In addition to low rainfall, deserts are characterized by a high rate of water loss from the ground (evaporation) and through plants (transpiration). Together this is called evapotranspiration. Potential evapotranspiration is the amount of water that would be lost through evaporation and transpiration if it were available. Scientists measure this using a large pan of water under controlled conditions. In deserts the rate of potntial evapotranspiration exceeds the average annual rainfall by factors ranging from 2:1 to 33:1 or more. In other words, a desert is arid.
Another characteristic of a desert environment is the uneven and unpredictable nature of the little precipitation that occurs. The average annual precipitation is a poor predictor of rainfall in any given year. In some years a desert may receive what seems like abundant rainfall, while in most years rainfall is meager. And some years it may not rain at all. Dryness influences other characteristics of deserts. Water vapor, either as humidity or cloud cover reflects heat, with a cooling effect. Areas with low humidity, few clouds and bodies of water, and little vegetation absorb most of the sun’s radiation, thus heating the air at the soil surface. At night the same conditions allow the heat to be radiated back into the atmosphere. Thus, temperatures can be extreme both daily and seasonally.
Though the park might appear too rough and rugged to sustain life, people have been living in and around the area for at least 5,000 years, according to the National Park Service. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla. Cattlemen came to the park in the later half of the 19th century to graze their cattle and tap springs to water them. Miners searched the landscape for valuable ores, while homesteaders arrived in the 1900s to claim a piece of land for their own. Vestiges of each of these arrivals are noted in the park’s 501 known archaeological sites, its 88 historic structures, and within the more than 123,000 items in the park’s museum collections. we also have other desert of colorado image ready as lwp for you.
A key individual in the drive to see the desert landscape preserved as part of the National Park System was Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, who grew up in Mississippi during the Civil War Reconstruction Era but moved to Southern California after marrying and fell in love with the desert. It was during trips into the desert to collect plants for her gardens that she not only came to appreciate the desert vegetation, but saw the careless destruction of the land by those who viewed the joshua tree in california and other cacti as worthless. Not only did Mrs. Hoyt stage exhibitions of desert vegetation in places such as Boston, New York, and London in the late 1920s, but she founded the International Deserts Conservtaion League with the intention of preserving desertscapes.
The attention she garnered through these efforts led Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., the noted landscape architect, to appoint her to a commission to recommend new state parks for California. It was Mrs. Hoyt’s belief that the National Park Service was best suited to preserve large swaths of desert that spurred her campaign to have the joshua tree in california area set aside as part of the National Park System. Her work led to her introduction to President Franklin Roosevelt and a friendship with his secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes.
In 1936 President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside 825,340 acres of the landscape as a national monument, but 14 years later Congress transferred 289,500 acres out of the monument and back into the public domain for mining and grazing. In 1994, however, the California Desert Protection Act returned that land back to the monument and redesignated Joshua Tree as a national park. Then, between 1999 and 2000, another 25,000 acres of land within the park’s boundaries that had been privately owned were added to the park as part of the purchase by the federal government and the Wildland Conservancy of more than 600,000 acres from the Catellus Corporation.
Wide temperature fluctuations have another effect. Warm air rises, and cool air sinks; rapid temperature change causes desert air to move rapidly from place to place. Deserts are windy, and windy conditions contribute to evaporation. Downloads wallpaper desert from our store page. We have the best collection of wallpaper desert. You can also download other live wallpaper in case you don’t find this lwp suitable for you, we had a vast lwp collection.
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