Climate of Desert in North America (Mojave Desert)
Average Rainfall is 2-6 inches per year
In the summer, the average temperature is in the 100s and 90s at night, but in the winter it can go as low as 8 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Mojave Desert has all 4 seasons. The summer is particularly stormy and where they see the most rainfall.
Net Primary Productivity
The mojave Desert is found at around 35-36 latitude. It has a much lower average rainfall and net productivity than other biomes, yet takes up much more of the earths surface than more productive ones.
The Mojave Desert features a biological soil crust, which means though it may look like dry soil, the top is actually made of rich living organisms. This makes a higher quality soil. However, the dry sandy nature of the desert means plants must have deep roots to avoid being swept away by wind. The dry sand also doesn't hold water as well as a rich soil in a more moist environment.
The Mohave Ground Squirrel lives in the Mojave Desert and is an endangered species. It is endangered because of its surplus of enemies and lack of resources( H in HIPPCO) The squirrel is only out during a couple months of the year and is hard to track.
Red Brome is invasive and contributes to wildfires and loss of habitat for native species. Red Brome is native to southern Europe.