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  • Lawns and pools close in on desert lab

    The University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory, a unique desert biological field station, faces the pressure of the city of Tucson's growth and the uncertain future of the land.

  • County unveils pioneering protection plan

    Tucson's innovative Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan will protect hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin desert while still allowing newcomers to build on less environmentally sensitive land.

  • The sublime delight of backtracking

    For 20 years, David Bertelsen has been in love with the same five-mile trail up Finger Rock Canyon north of Tucson, keeping track of its animal and plant life and watching out for the well-being of a fragile landscape.

  • The rise and fall of a desert stream

    In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.

  • Lines in the sand

    The essays in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Arab/American celebrate the landscape, culture and cuisine of two great deserts: The Middle Eastern lands from which his ancestors came and the Sonoran Desert he now lives in.

  • Walking on a Wire

    Los Angeles needs green power, but some environmentalists are up in arms over plans to build transmission lines across the Mojave Desert.

  • Nevada’s desert beauty

    In The Black Rock Desert, writer William L. Fox and photographer Mark Klett visit a remarkable corner of northeastern Nevada

  • Fences go up along the Mexican border

    The Border Patrol wants to erect 249 miles of fences along the Arizona-Mexico border, and some environmentalists are worried about their impact on desert wildlife.

  • On the borderline: A bleak, flat, grim, hot, gritty and wondrous desert

    United States, Mexico and Tohono O'odham Indians work to preserve the Sonoran Desert.

  • At last, a California desert bill

    California Desert Protection Act nears approval.

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