Panorama: desert riparian zone

Title Info
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Deserts; Wetlands, aquatic
Wetlands and aquatic Rivers, streams
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 Riparian zone in the desert
Related materials: Panoramas;Deserts
You may want to discuss with your students how local differences (such as the underground stream here running through a desert landscape) can lead to profound differences between neighboring plant communities, as can be seen 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 lies in a transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. Here you can see dry hills and desert vegetation just above a riparian zone populated by plants requiring large amounts of water. Their water source is the underground river flowing through the canyon. This site is right near the border of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve and Covington Park.