The Mojave Desert is a vast area with many different ecosystems, topography, and areas of natural beauty. Wide temperature swings from daytime highs to overnight lows and summer highs to winter lows present survival challenges to the plant life, animal life and even human life that live in and visit the Mojave Desert. Red Rock Canyon, Last Chance Canyon and surrounding areas features scenic desert cliffs, buttes, and spectacular rock formations. After wet winters the floral displays are stunning. The geologic history goes back millions of years. More recent history had the Kawaiisu Indians and other Tribes living and trading there. Many active and abandoned mines also dot the mineral rich area.
The purpose of this award is to encourage an appreciation of the different facets of the desert including man’s history, geologic history, the adaptation of plant life to a harsh climate, and the extremely fragile ecosystems with their slow recovery rates.
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