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Photo of Mojave Desert - "A Place in the Sun"

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About the Authors

Acknowledgments and Photo Credits

References, Resources & Acknowledgments

Teacher Resources

U.S. Geological Survey, Deserts: Geology and Resources

National Park Service, Mojave National Preserve

National Park Service, Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park  and 

Bureau of Land Management, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program

Desert USA, Mojave National Preserve


Berry, K. (1997). The desert tortoise recovery plan: an ambitious effort to conserve biodiversity in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of the United States. in Proceedings: Conservation, Restoration and Management of Tortoises and Turtles - an International Conference. New York: Turtle and Tortoise Society.

Bowers, J.E. (1999). Flowers and Shrubs of the Mojave Desert. Tucson, Ariz.: Southwest Parks and Monuments Association.

Clifford, F. (1996). Mojave Desert continues to tempt developers, investors; vast store of underground water may nourish agriculture and manufacturing, experts say. Dallas Morning News, December 22, 1996. p.14A.

Darlington, D. (1996). The Mojave: Portrait of the Definitive American Desert. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Gossard, G., Peterson, C., and Savage, D. (1994). Mojave Desert Discovery: an Educator's Guide. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service/National Park Foundation.

Hannasch, C., Hardenbrook, E., Mitchell, G., and Murray, B. (1994). Explore the Great Outdoors: an Information and Activities Guide for Teachers of Grades 1-5. Las Vegas, Nev.: Friends of Red Rock Canyon, Environmental Education Committee.

National Park Service. (1998). Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Management Plan; Mojave National Preserve, California. Barstow, Calif.: National Park Service.

Schad, J. (1988). California Deserts. Helena, Mont.: Falcon Press.

About the Authors and Artist

Bibi Booth, Elizabeth Rieben, and Elizabeth Wooster are Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Environmental Education Specialists; Richard Brook is a BLM Archaeologist; Shelly Fischman is a BLM Environmental Education Specialist.


The authors would like to express their appreciation to the following people for their assistance with this article: David Miller, U.S. Geological Survey; LaVonda Walton, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; and our colleagues at the Bureau of Land Management: Jeff Aardahl, Kathy August, Brad Blomquist, Greg Gnesios, Bill Haigh, Gayle Marrs-Smith, Ron Montagna, Tim Rash, Judyth Reed, Tim Salt, Doran Sanchez, Sid Slone, Steve Smith, Rick Stamm, Alan Stein, and Dave Wolf.