- Baja California Desert
The Baja California desert is a Desert
ecoregionof Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.
The ecoregion covers 77,700 square kilometers (30,000 square miles), and includes most of the Peninsula's western slope. It is bounded on the west by the
Pacific Oceanand on the east by the Peninsular Ranges. North of 30º north latitude, the Baja California desert transitions to the California chaparral and woodlands. The southern tip of the peninsula lies within the San Lucan xeric scrubecoregion.
The climate is dry and subtropical. Although rainfall is low, the Pacific Ocean provides some humidity and moderates the temperature compared to the
Sonoran desert, which lies on the east slope of the Peninsular Ranges.
The ecoregion is mostly covered by
xeric shrubs, which create varying associations based on elevation and soil conditions. The ecoregion has close to 500 speciesof vascular plants, of which a number are endemic, for example the Boojum treeor Creeping Devil.
* Ricketts, Taylor H., Eric Dinerstein, David M. Olson, Colby J. Loucks, et al. (1999). "Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: a Conservation Assessment". Island Press, Washington DC.
* [http://www.worldwildlife.org/wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/na/na1301_full.html Baja California desert (World Wildlife Fund)]
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