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Sonoran Desert
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Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert is a desert situated in Arizona, California and Mexico. It is one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America, with an area of 120,000 square miles (311,000 square kilometres). The desert covers much of the Mexican state of Sonora and contains a variety of unique plants and animals, such as the saguaro cactus.

The desert's subregions include the Colorado and Yuma deserts. In the 1951 publication, Vegetation of the Sonoran Desert, Forrest Shreve divided the Sonoran Desert into seven regions according to characteristic vegetation (see An Overview of the Sonoran Desert, external link below).

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