Deserts

Opuntia cacti grow in the desert near Twentynine Palms, California. The area is home to plenty of dry plants and weeds—perfect for the city's annual Weed Show.

At This Unique Flower Show, Weeds Are the Stars

The women of this small desert town have found beauty in getting in the weeds

Comedy Group Wants To Build a Wall To Keep Burners out of the Bay Area

The ban would apply to people armed with glowsticks and art cars alike.

Burning Man 2013 CARGO CULT

Burning Man is Currently Infested With Biting, Stinky Desert Bugs

The plague of insects is really harshing the vibe

In early July, Sentinel-2A captured this image of the Sahara in central Algeria.

See the Algerian Sahara From Space

It’s pretty spectacular

How Feral Donkeys Saved a Lost Hiker’s Life in Death Valley

But not everyone loves shaggy wild donkeys

A Norwegian Company is Transforming Deserts Into Farmland

Solar power plants in Qatar and Jordan, not far from the sea, are powering desalination systems that irrigate plants in and around greenhouses

The Namib desert beetle gathers water from fog that condenses on its bumpy back—which inspired one company to design a self-filling water bottle.

Five Wild Ways to Get a Drink in the Desert

The moisture farmers of Tatooine could take a few tips from these projects for harvesting water out of thin air

The Sahara, the world’s largest non-polar desert, may be at least 7 million years old.

The Sahara Is Millions of Years Older Than Thought

The great desert was born some 7 million years ago, as remnants of a vast sea called Tethys closed up

Douglas firs in the American West.

Extreme Drought in New Mexico Cost a 650-Year-Old Tree Its Life

The 7-foot-tall douglas fir named Yoda managed to weather many a drought over the centuries, but not this last one

A pool here might be nice

There’s a Secret Pool in the Mojave Desert

Part art project, part public pool, this artificial oasis will take some effort to get to

Fairy circles in Namibia.

What Causes Namibia’s Fairy Circles? Probably Not Termites

Namibia's mysterious fairy circles might actually be caused by competition between grasses

A Swarm of Tumbleweed-Like Robots Might Be the Ideal Desert Data Gatherers

The hardy robots can traverse places that would be difficult or very expensive to send human data-gatherers

The view from the back of the grotto looking toward the Colorado River during a Moab Music Festival concert

At Moab, Music Among the Red Rocks

The Moab Music Festival features world-class music in an unparalleled natural setting

Grand Canyons of Ice

The 14th-century Medersa Bou Inania, Fés.

Dreams in the Desert

The allure of Morocco, with its unpredictable mix of exuberance and artistry, has seduced adventurous travelers for decades

A desert tortoise (emerging from its den) may use the same burrow for many years.

Tunnel Vision

Arizona Naturalist Pinau Merlin celebrates life in the desert by keeping a close eye on it

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The Case of the Purloined Pots

In the deserts of the Southwest, pothunters are stealing a priceless heritage of ancient Native American art

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It's Camelot in the Desert

For Dromedary Trekkers in Australia's Outback, it's Camelot in the Desert

Sand dunes in the Rig-e Jenn in the Dasht-e Kavir

Casting Light on Iranian Deserts

Closely watched by their guides and military escort, harried biologists survey the wild things that survive there

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Inexplicable Moments

Strange things happen at this wacky crossroads of the hopelessly alien-addled in the Nevada desert

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