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Old 04-02-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Glacial desert formed and is growing in Maine.

Desert of Maine - Freeport, ME Maine's Natural Phenomenon ... only minutes from LL Bean
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:45 AM
 
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Good map Trimac. It really shows how much rain the Pacific Northwest and even the Great Smokies get. Unless that big orange area in Eastern Colorado is a desert(?), does Texas win this one?
That looks more like the Blue Ridge band of mountains from extreme northeast Georgia up to about Franklin, North Carolina, and over to Transylvania County. The "Smokies" are actually right up against the NC/TN border.
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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There is a fair part of the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas. The farthest east the desert extends is to around Fort Stockton.
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:31 PM
 
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There is a fair part of the Chihuahuan Desert in West Texas. The farthest east the desert extends is to around Fort Stockton.
It certainly may extend a little farther east along I-10. However, it does seem to disappate near Fort Stockton near I-20. You cross a ridge or highland area, and on the other side, you see fewer cacti and more grass.
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:10 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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That looks more like the Blue Ridge band of mountains from extreme northeast Georgia up to about Franklin, North Carolina, and over to Transylvania County. The "Smokies" are actually right up against the NC/TN border.
My bad, it looks like you are correct. Either way, beautiful country.
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The Desert of Maine is not a desert. A desert is defined by rainfall. The Desert of Maine is a normally rainy place where the ground is covered with (often wet) sand, as a result of poor farming technique that resulted in soil erosion. A sand-trap at a golf course is not a desert. A sandbar on the banks of the Amazon is not a desert. The Desert of Maine is not a desert, except in the imagination of a huckster who owns a gift shop next to it. It's only 40 acres (1/16 of a square mile.) I know suburbanites who graze their horses on more than that.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:56 AM
 
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The Chihuahuan desert is the easternmost (and southernmost) desert in the US extending well into Texas.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:20 PM
 
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The Chihuahuan desert is the easternmost (and southernmost) desert in the US extending well into Texas.
I live in Amarillo and didn't know this! From the looks of it, the Chihuahuan destert extends about as far as Junction, Texas, about 100 miles west of San Antonio.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:51 AM
 
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Yeah, Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park as well as several Wildlife Management Areas are located in the Chihuahuan Desert. Looks desolate and mostly is but many parts are really nice.
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Interestingly, Northern Michigan is the only place that gets less rain than places to the west of it (excluding areas that are highly influenced by mountain ranges). This, in fact, does have a severe impact on agriculture in Michigan, where people have to do an enormous amount of watering to maintain kitchen gardens.
Hmmm... is this a sarcastic comment about a lack of agriculture in Michigan? I think it is, although it's hard to pick up sarcasm in written form.

Just to set the record straight, there is a ton of agriculture in Michigan. I found these pictures of Michigan's "thumb region," which is one of the parts of Michigan on the map that had less precipitation than anything around it, even a lot of states to the West.

Interestingly, I couldn't find any good pictures without wind turbines in them...








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