Mojave Desert- Case Study

Mojave Desert- Case Study

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Mojave Desert
USA; Covers California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah
Size: 57,000Km2
250mm of rainfall a Year
Water sources: Groundwater and the Mojave river
Environmental damage:
The growth in population means a larger amount of people need more
water to sustain life, wash in and use for household activities (i.e.
washing clothes)- this is depleting the water resources of the area, as
the amount of water available is sparse and quickly running out.
Farming (particularly inefficient farming) uses up a lot of water, both in
watering crops & plants, and sustaining life of livestock such as cattle
and horses- this is largely depleting water resources in the Mojave
Tourists require water to drink, wash in and often for recreational
activities such as swimming- this too depletes water resources in the
Mojave desert, particularly as tourism is rising.
Careless tourists also drop litter, which if an animal gets hold of could
cause harm to it, etc.
Some tourists like to damage plants on their walks for example taking a
sample of cactus. This causes damage to the plants and if lots of tourists
do the same severe damage will be done to the sparse plant life in
numeric terms in the Mojave Desert.
Tourist's recreational activities can also cause damage to the
environment, for example off-road driving causes soil erosion and can
cause damage to plants.
Tourist attraction areas consist of Las Vegas, Death Valley, and the Grand
Death Valley:
National park
1 Million visitors a year
Attractions; wildlife watching, camping, walking, horse riding, and
off-road driving.
The Mojave Desert is a popular retirement area;
The good weather all year round is the main attraction for the desert as
a retirement area.
80% of the population in Sun City, Arizona is over 65 years of age.

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In the PAST the Mojave desert used to host mines for gold, silver and
copper but these mines are now closed due to cheaper alternitives and
competition in LEDC's
In the PRESENT borax (compound used in detergents and cosmetics)
mines are sill open and working.
Majave water Agency:
Give vouchers for residents of the Mojave desert and hotels to buy
water efficient toilets and washing machines.…read more


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