Introduction (Alt+1)
Sonoran Desert (Alt+2)
People and Places (Alt+3)
Impacts (Alt+4)
Development
Water Issues
Invasive Species
Help and Information Center (Alt + H)
Sonoran Desert Main Index (Alt + I)
Views Visitor Center (Alt + V)
Glossary (Alt + G)
Text-only version (Alt + T)
Teacher Resource Center for the Sonoran Desert (Alt + R)

The Sonoran Desert is a magical place unlike any in the world. For this reason, many people are moving into this area to experience its magic. However, like many places in the United States, increases in population affects the environment in many ways. More people means more development, which fragments the landscape with roads, housing communities, and other structures.

In turn, more water is needed to sustain new communities, which decreases the water available in a land where water is already limited. In addition, more people and development stress the land to the point where invasive plant and animal species can threaten a delicate balance. Come inside and learn how development, water availability, and invasive species impact the Sonoran Desert.

Desert Impacts