Photograph taken at Mesquite Wash, eastern Maricopa Co., Arizona, November 2002.
Where there is permanent water at the surface, or sometimes just
a few feet below ground, a gallery of water dependant trees and other
vegetation can develop. This is the Sonoran Desert's rarest and most precious
habitat, ever the more so since most of the original riparian habitat has long
since dried up due to flood control and irrigation project dams and to
over-pumping of ground water.
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