Early Morning on Oregon's High Desert
The Great Basin Desert is more characterized by sagebrush and rabbitbrush than cactus, both seen in abundance here warmed by early sun. The Great Basin Desert is the largest US desert with an area of over 190,000 square miles (305,775 km2). This desert is typified as a cold desert that receives it's moisture evenly throughout the year unlike most of our other deserts.
If you visit, maybe you will be lucky enough to stumble on one of the playas full of water. Playas provide critical habitat for innumerable bird species and rare flora. Many of the playas of this desert are well known, such as Mono Lake in California. The Great Basin is sparsely populated country, with Oregon's portion having maybe only 35,000 residents spread out over an area the size of Vermont plus New Hampshire. You have not lived until you've seen the night sky out here!
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