The Desert is a place of wonder and majesty, not just the stereotyped wasteland. The desert has a variety of plants and animals that you can find no where else, depending on where you live.
The plant life is hardy to adapt to the hot and yes, cold conditions that can befall these harsh areas. They offer beatiful views, crazy formations, and oases wherever they may be.
In Biblical times the desert was where the Israelites spent so much of their purification to be worthy to go to the promised land. Scattered along the walls of the American Southwest you can look up at many a face cliff and see peoples who long ago lived and thrived in the arid environment raising such crops as corn, beans, squash and other crops. They used the hardy yucca plant to make everything from ropes to baskets to clothing.
The desert now provides much of the United States' energy needs with coal and natural gas. It has been the testing ground for nuclear bombs, and the most surprisingly a place where major cities like Las Vegas, Nevada, Phoenix, Arizona, Reno, Nevada, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Grand Junction, Colorado.
The desert is home to US National Parks Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Great Basin among others. The desert truly is a marvelous place to hike, bike, seek solitude, and enjoy nature.
The desert once thought a nomansland, is now a land of many uses and is home to many people.
What a great place to be near and live in.