The Chihuahuan Desert : The Largest Desert Essay

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The Chihuahuan Desert is the largest desert in North America between latitude 24° N and 34° N and Longitude 100° W and 110°W.

The Chihuahuan Desert is located on the third largest continent, North America. Which is west of the Atlantic Ocean, east of the Pacific Ocean, south of the Arctic Ocean, and north of Central and South America.

The Chihuanhuan Desert reaches into both the United states and Mexico. In Mexico the Chihuahuan Desert is in Durango, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, and San Luis Potosi. In the United States it’s in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

The Chihuahuan Desert has a mean annual temperature of about 75° F. Though because there are such drastic elevation changes the Chihuanhuan Desert experiences a major temperature range. In the lowest elevations temperatures can reach up to 122°F and at the highest elevation you will experience temperatures well below freezing.

Merriam Webster defines a desert as, “arid land with usually sparse vegetation; especially : such land having a very warm climate and receiving less than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of sporadic rainfall annually”. The Chihuahuan Desert has a rainy season that begins in July and ends in October. The average annual precipitation between 1931 and 2013 was 9.16 In.

The biggest factors affecting the Chihuanhuan Desert’s precipitation and temperatures are the surrounding mountains and high elevation. The Sierra Madre Oriental (east) and the Sierra Madre Occidental (west)…

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