Wulff, Andrew Department of Geology and Geography, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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The Mojave Desert (named after the Mojave tribe of Native Americans) is the smallest of the four major deserts in the North American Desert region in the continental United States, and is located in the southwestern quadrant of the Basin and Range physiographic province in southeastern California, and portions of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. It lies between the hot and low-elevation Sonoran Desert to the south and the cooler and higher Great Basin Desert to the north. Boundaries for the desert differ, depending on the source, but, at its largest, it occupies the area between approximately 34° to 38° North latitude and 115° to 117° East longitude, with the Colorado River considered as the eastern boundary. The western topographic boundary is generally the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and, more specifically, the intersection of the Tehachapi, San Gabriel, and San Bernardino Mountains (see illustration). See also: Desert; Great Basin; North America
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