List of North American Deserts
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The North American Deserts includes all the deserts located on the continent. It is also the term for a large U.S. Level 1 ecoregion (EPA) of the North American Cordillera, in the Deserts and xeric shrublands biome (WWF). The continent's deserts are largely between the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Madre Oriental on the east, and the rain shadow creating Sierra Nevada, Transverse, and Peninsular Ranges on the west. The North American xeric region of over 95,751 sq mi (247,990 km2) includes: 3 major deserts; numerous smaller deserts; and large non-desert arid regions; in the western United States and in northeast, central, and northwest Mexico.
Deserts of North America
- Chihuahuan Desert - (Mexico, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona) (140,000 square miles (360,000 km2))
- Great Basin Desert - (Great Basin)
- Mojave Desert - (California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona) (22,000 square miles (57,000 km2))
- Sonoran Desert - (Mexico, Arizona, California) (120,000 square miles (310,000 km2))
- Colorado Plateau - (Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico)
- Alvord Desert - (Great Basin) (84 square miles (220 km2))
- Amargosa Desert - (Mojave—Great Basin) (600 square miles (1,600 km2))
- Baja California Desert
- Black Rock Desert - (Great Basin) (1,000 square miles (2,600 km2))
- Black Rock Pocket (>12,950 acres (5,240 ha))
- Bruneau Desert
- Carson Desert - (Great Basin)  (300 square miles (780 km2))
- Colorado Desert - (Sonoran)
- Diamond A Desert (>203 square miles (530 km2))
- El Vizcaíno Desert
- Escalante Desert - (Great Basin) (3,270 square miles (8,500 km2))
- Forty Mile Desert - (Great Basin)
- Gran Desierto de Altar - (Sonoran)
- Great Salt Lake Desert - (Great Basin) (4,000 square miles (10,000 km2))
- Great Sandy Desert - (Great Basin) (24,000 square miles (62,000 km2))
- J-P Desert
- Lechuguilla Desert - (Sonoran)
- Owyhee Desert - (Great Basin) (14,000 square miles (36,000 km2))
- Ralston Desert
- Red Desert
- San Emidio Desert (305 square miles (790 km2))
- Seventy One Desert (>42,211 square miles (109,330 km2))
- Sevier Desert - (Great Basin)
- Smoke Creek Desert - (Great Basin) (980 square miles (2,500 km2))
- Tamaulipan mezquital
- Ten Mile Desert
- Tule Desert (Arizona) - (Sonoran)
- Tule Desert (Nevada) - (Mojave—Great Basin) (412 square miles (1,070 km2))
- Twenty-Six-Mile Desert
- Yp Desert - (Great Basin)
- Yuha Desert - (Sonoran)
- Yuma Desert - (Sonoran)
Western arid regions of North America
The separately defined western arid regions of North America are continental regions of aridity based on available water in addition to rain shadow diminished rainfall  and which have many non-desert shrub-steppe (EPA) and xeric shrublands (WWF) in addition to desert ecosystems and ecoregions. This large arid region of 190,000 sq mi (490,000 km2) includes: deserts, such as the Great Basin Desert and Sonoran Desert; and the non-desert arid region areas (with greater than 10 inches annual precipitation) in the Great Basin arid region, Colorado Plateau, Mexican Plateau, and others. This arid region extends from the top of the North American Desert in Washington and Idaho southward into Mexico in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. The 'western arid region' is east of and (except for Mojave sky islands) discontiguous from the Mojave Desert,  unlike the southwestern Great Basin deserts adjacent with ecotones to the northern Mojave Desert.
- Desert ecology
- Deserts and xeric shrublands - biome and ecoregions
- Deserts of California
- Great American Desert
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