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saguaro

(Encyclopedia) saguaro: see cactus.

Saguaro National Park

(Encyclopedia) Saguaro National Park, 91,443 acres (37,021 hectares), SE Ariz. Contained within the desert park are many examples of the saguaro cactus (Cereus giganteus), a monumentally proportioned…

Gilbert

(Encyclopedia) Gilbert, city (2010 pop. 208,453), Maricopa co. S central Ariz., suburb of Phoenix, located S of Mesa and E of Chandler; inc. 1920. Founded at the site of a railroad siding on property…

state flowers

(Encyclopedia) state flowers. Each state of the United States has designated, usually by legislative action, one flower as its floral emblem; the rose has been designated by Congress as the national…

cactus

(Encyclopedia) cactus, any plant of the family Cactaceae, a large group of succulents found almost entirely in the New World. A cactus plant is conspicuous for its fleshy green stem, which performs…

Tucson

(Encyclopedia) Tucson to͞o´sŏn˝, city (1990 pop. 405,390), seat of Pima co., SE Ariz.; inc. 1877. Situated in a desert plain surrounded by mountains, Tucson is an important and growing transportation…

Desert

A desert is an area where little or no life exists because of a lack of water. Scientists estimate that about one-fifth of the earth's land surface is desert. Deserts can be found on every…

Arizona

(Encyclopedia) Arizona âr˝əzō´nə, state in the SW United States. It is bordered by Utah (N), New Mexico (E), Mexico (S), and, largely across the Colorado River, Nevada and California (W); it touches…

NATIONAL PARKS

Name, location, and year authorized Acreage Outstanding characteristicsAcadia (Maine), 1919 47,548.94Rugged seashore on Mt. Desert Island and adjacent mainlandArches (Utah), 1971 76,518.98…