Panorama: meadow in desert

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Deserts; Wetlands, aquatic
Wetlands and aquatic Marshes, Swamps
Geography and geology Faults
Conservation Nature preserves
Lessons Panoramas
Date October 17, 2009
Location San Bernardino County; Covington Park,Mojave Desert; Sonoran Desert,California,USA,North America
Panorama of Alkali meadow in the desert
Related materials: Panoramas;Deserts
You may want to discuss with your students how local differences (such as the underground stream here and the alkali soil) can lead to profound differences between neighboring plant communities, such as the desert and wet alkali meadow here.

Panorama Viewing: Click the "View Panorama" button to see an interactive panorama. Click and drag your mouse in any direction to view other parts of the scene; press the Shift key to zoom in to see details and press Ctrl to zoom out.
We recommend using the Deval VR viewer for seeing panoramas that do NOT have sound and the QuickTime viewer for panoramas WITH sound.

This site is an oasis in a transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts, and species from both deserts grow near riparian specialists here. In addition, the site has interesting soil types; the flat area in the foreground of this panorama is a moist alkali meadow populated by several plant species that thrive in such soils. This site is right near the border of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Covington Park.