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Brawley

(Encyclopedia) Brawley, city (1990 pop. 18,923), Imperial co., SE Calif.; inc. 1908. It is situated in the Imperial Valley, SE of the Salton Sea. Winter fruits and vegetables, cotton,…

Calexico

(Encyclopedia) Calexico kəlĕk´sĭkō [key], city (1990 pop. 18,633), Imperial co., S Calif., at the Mexican border; inc. 1908. A port of entry from adjacent Mexicali , Baja…

Salton Sea

(Encyclopedia) Salton Sea sôl´tən [key], saline lake, 370 sq mi (958 sq km), northern part of the Imperial Valley, SE Calif.; 232 ft (71 m) below sea level. Salton Sea was formed as…

All-American Canal

(Encyclopedia) All-American Canal, 80 mi (129 km) long, SE Calif.; part of the federal irrigation system of the Hoover Dam . Built between 1934 and 1940 across the Colorado Desert…

California, Gulf of

(Encyclopedia) California, Gulf of, or Sea of Cortés, arm of the Pacific Ocean, c.700 mi (1,130 km) long and 50 to 130 mi (80–209 km) wide, NW Mexico; separates Baja…

dune

(Encyclopedia) dune, mound or ridge of wind-blown sand formed in arid regions and along coasts. Dunes are common in most of the great deserts of the world. Often a dune begins to form…

Cotton Belt

(Encyclopedia) Cotton Belt, former agricultural region of the SE United States where cotton was the main cash crop throughout the 19th and much of the 20th cent. Located on the Atlantic…

Desert (Biome)

(Encyclopedia) desert, arid region, usually partly covered by sand, having scanty vegetation or sometimes almost none, and capable of supporting only a limited and specially adapted…

California Overview

(Encyclopedia) California kăl˝ĭfôr´nyə [key], most populous state in the United States, located in the Far West; bordered by Oregon (N), Nevada and, across the Colorado River, Arizona…