The Great Basin Desert is part of the Great Basin between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Range. The desert is a geographical region that largely overlaps …
The Great Basin Desert is defined by its animals and plants, yet the boundaries are unclear.
Scientists have different definitions of the Great Basin Desert, which are often defined by negatives. J. Robert Macey defines the “Great Basin scrub desert as lacking creosote bush.” The Great Basin Desert includes several arid basins lacking Larrea tridentata (chaparral) such as the “Chalfant, Hammil, Benton, and Queen valleys,” as well as all but the southeast portion of the Owens Valley. Conversely, the “Panamint, Saline, and Eureka valleys” have creosote bush, unlike the Deep Springs Valley which includes part of the Great Basin scrub desert.
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