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By:Rihanna Ellis



           Table of Contents


  • Introduction:Page 2
  • Location:Page 3
  • Animals:Page 4
  • Fun Facts:Page 5
  • Possible Problems:Page 6

The Chihuahan Desert is the largest desert.The Chihuahuan Desert is the largest desert in North America covering more than 200,000  miles . Most of it lies south of the international border.In the U.S. it extends into parts of New Mexico, Texas and sections of southeastern Arizona. Its minimum elevation is above 1,000 feet, but the vast majority of this desert lies at elevations between 3,500 and 5,000 feet.





The Chihuahuan Desert is the easternmost, southernmost, and largest North American desert. Most of it is located in the states of Chihuahua and Coahuila in Mexico, but fingers of the Chihuahuan reach up into western Arizona, southern New Mexico, and Texas, and down to the states of Zacatecas, and San Luis Potosi in Mexico. This desert is quite large, about 175,000  miles which makes it bigger than the entire state of California.

The Chihuahuan is usually called a rain shadow desert. These are the locations of The Chihuahuan Desert.


Some animals in the Chihuahuan Desert include the mountain lionbobcatwolfcoyotemule deer, white-tailed deer, gemsbokantelope, ring-tailed cat, and many other smaller species. Many species of birds, reptiles and amphibians are prevalent.

These animals are important to not get hunted. They are needed to make the desert better. They are also a big part of the popullation.They are loved.

  • There are four true deserts in North America: The Great Basin, Sonoran, Mojave and Chiuhuahuan deserts.
  • The Mojave Desert is the smallest desert in North America, at 25,000 sq mi (64,750 square kilometers). Though the Sonoran Desert has higher average temperatures, the Mojave holds the record high temperature fro North America, with a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit recorded at Death Valley in 1913.
  • The largest desert in the US is the Great Basin Desert. It covers an arid expanse of approximately 190,000 square miles, or 305,710 square kilometers.
  • The largest desert in North America is the Chihuahuan Desert. It covers more than 200,000 square miles, or 321,800 square kilometers.
  • More than one third of the earth’s land surface is covered by near-deserts or true deserts.
  • Deserts receive less than 10 inches, or 25 centimeters, of precipitation per year.

        Fun Facts

  • "Global warming is increasing the incidence of drought, which dries up water holes.
  • Higher temperatures may produce an increasing number of wildfires that alter desert landscapes by eliminating slow-growing trees and shrubs and replacing them with fast-growing grasses.
  • Irrigation used for agriculture, may in the long term, lead to salt levels in the soil that become too high to support plants.
  • Grazing animals can destroy many desert plants and animals.
  • Potassium cyanide used in gold mining may poison wildlife.
  • Off-road vehicles, when used irresponsibly, can cause irreparable damage to desert habitats.
  • Oil and gas production may disrupt sensitive habitat.
  • Nuclear waste may be dumped in deserts, which have also been used as nuclear testing grounds."

Possible Problems

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