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Mojave Ground Squirrel Xerospermophilus mohavensis
2012-07-25 13:51:49

The Mojave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis) is native only to the Mojave Desert in California. Frank Stephens discovered this squirrel in 1886. Its range includes areas of Inyo, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Kern counties. It can be found in Joshua tree woodlands, saltbush scrub, Mojave mixed woody scrub, and saltbush scrub. The preferred habitat of the Mojave ground squirrel...

White-Throated Woodrat Neotoma albigula
2012-07-23 20:00:26

The white-throated woodrat (Neotoma albigula) can be found in a range that extends from Central Mexico in the South to Colorado and Utah in the North. Its western range extends from Texas to southeastern California, but it does not occur in the eastern areas of the United States.  Populations of these rats occurring east of the Rio Grande in New Mexico and Trans-Pecos Texas are classified as...

California Current Along The West Coast Of The United States
2012-07-17 22:54:09

The California current flows along the West Coast of the United States and is classified as a cold ocean current. The current flows from North to South bringing colder waters from the North to the south. Some climate impacts that this current has on the West Coast include stronger longer periods of rain showers and t-storm activity. The reason for this is because of the waters being colder not...

The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
2012-07-17 13:48:38

The Sierra Nevada Mountains located along the Eastern portion of California and the Western Portion of Nevada have a huge impact on the weather in this region. The first is the Sana Anna winds. These are very warm winds that ascend from the mountains westward back into the basins of California in such places like Los Angeles. These are very dry winds that can heat the temps up into the...

The California Current
2012-07-17 13:37:35

The California current runs north to south along the West Coast of the United States. This current has huge impacts on the weather along the west coast. Along California this current is responsible for extensive Marine Fog layers every day during the summer, especially when the land is warmer than the waters along the coast. Also in the California area this current keeps the coastal cities...

2012-06-14 07:29:28

Symbol: ZACA8 Group: Lichen Family: Lichinaceae Growth Habit: Lichenous Native Status: NA    N Classification:       Kingdom   Fungi – Fungi Division   Ascomycota – Sac fungi Class   Ascomycetes Order   Lichinales Family   Lichinaceae Genus   Zahlbrucknerella Herre – zahlbrucknerella lichen...

Wyethia angustifolia DC Nutt California compassplant
2012-06-14 07:34:18

Symbol: WYAN Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   WYANF Wyethia angustifolia (DC.) Nutt. var. foliosa (Congd.) H.M. Hall Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:CA, OR, WA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae –...

Washingtonia filifera Linden ex Andr H Wendl California fan
2012-06-14 07:38:28

Symbol: WAFI Group: Monocot Family: Arecaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Tree Native Status: L48    N VI    I Synonyms:   BRFI2 Brahea filamentosa (Fenzi) H. Wendl.   BRFI3 Brahea filifera W. Watson, nom. inval.   NEFI2 Neowashingtonia filamentosa (Fenzi) Sudw.   PRFI Pritchardia filamentosa Fenzi   PRFI2 Pritchardia...

Vitis californica Benth California wild grape
2012-06-14 07:40:42

Symbol: VICA5 Group: Dicot Family: Vitaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Vine Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:CA, OR Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta...

2012-06-14 08:00:40

Symbol: VECAC2 Group: Monocot Family: Liliaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   VESP3 Veratrum speciosum Rydb. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:AZ, CA, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants...

Word of the Day
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.