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GEOG 1106Lab 9 WorksheetWater Budgets of the SouthwestINTRODUCTIONThis lab will introduce you to the components of the hydrologic cycle in the southwestern UnitedStates, including seasonal and geographical patterns of precipitation and evapotranspiration. You willcalculate and compare simple water budgets for the area.The southwestern United States deserts are the Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan (Fig-ure 1). Each of these deserts is characterized by different temperatures, elevations, and type, timingand quantity of precipitation.Figure 1. Southwestern United States desertsGreat Basin DesertCentered over the state of Nevada (but continuing into portions of California, Oregon, Idaho andUtah), this desert is located between the Sierra Nevada/Cascade Mountains on the west and theRocky Mountains on the east. This is the United States’ most northern desert. It is a cold desert. TheGreat Salt Lake is located within this desertMojave DesertThe Mojave is the smallest of the southwestern United States’ deserts (25,000 mi2{65,000 km2}). Itlies between the Sonoran and the Great Basin deserts, and in some ways is transitional between thetwo. It is found in Arizona, California and Nevada.Sonoran DesertThe Sonoran Desert extends over 120,000 mi2(312,000 km2) and is found in Arizona, California, andparts of Mexico (Baja Peninsula and the state of Sonora). Much of the Sonoran is located at low ele-vation, and its southerly location makes it a hot desert. It contains the most complex animal-plantcommunity of all United States’ deserts.Chihuahuan Desert
GEOG 1106Lab 9 WorksheetWater Budgets of the Southwest

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