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The Great Outdoors

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FC: Sonora Extra Credit | Chris Wille

1: CAMPING | Mesquite Tree | Drought Tolerance | This Mesquite tree in my front yard is a drought tolerant plant. It has adapted techniques to survive in the hot, dry Sonoran Climate. It also provides a nice shady spot for my car :)

2: Jacal | Jacals are Adobe styled houses that are common in the Sonoran region. Driving through Tucson, I was able to see many Jacals. I have to admit though, I'm not a fan of the beige coloring.

3: Succulent | The Agave cactus is a great example of a succulent plant. I found this one right on Euclid. Inside the thick leaves of the Agave is Aloe juice. There are many uses of Aloe and one personal that I've used is to help sunburn heal.

4: Adobe | Here are three examples of the mud-like brick, Adobe, that is used to build a lot of the houses in the Sonoran Region. I only had to drive one block from my house in order to fine an Adobe style house. It isn't the most attractive look, but it is an efficient insulator for a house.

5: Organ Pipe | The Organ Pipe cactus is one of my personal favorites. I found this one in someones front yard, unfortunately completely covering their front door. Its arms have the structure of a Saguaro, but there are 20 plus arms of each Organ Pipe cactus. This is yet another desert survivor that can live with a limited amount of water each year.

6: The front yard of the Coronado dorms is littered with Octillo cacti. These long thorn cacti are sometimes called desert coral because of their coral-like appearance, A run in with one of these could leave you with hundreds of little thorns in your side. | Ocotillo Cactus

7: Calle | Calle means street in Spanish. In many Mexican cultures the streets are not only for transportation but also for sports such as street soccer. The calle to the left is University. This is the central and most busy part of the UA campus.

8: I also found this barrel cactus in the front yard of Coronado. They can reach up to 4 feet high, so this one isn't fully matured yet. They also flower and produce eatable fruit in the spring. This is one cactus you do not want to sit on. | Barrel Cactus

9: I found the prickly pear below right next to the barrel cactus on the last page. The fruit the prickly pear produces is eatable but the small thorns surrounding the fruit must be pick off first. They also tend to grown in tangled clusters. | Prickly Pear | Prickly Pear

10: Agave | Agave | The Agave plant is a common sight in the Sonoran region. These plants have razor sharp edges and hold a liquid substance in their leaves. Personally I think the Agave is one of the most attractive cacti.

11: Ramada | These Ocotillo branches are commonly used in the Sonoran region to build ramadas around houses. These specific branches are used because of their durability and abundance in the desert. Everyone in the Sonoran region knows shade is valuable so Ramadas are very popular.

12: Tucson is a great example of an urban heat island. Even though the surrounding desert is very hot, the temperature inside the city is higher. I know standing on the pavement in Tucson is much hotter than standing in a surrounding park outside the city. | Urban Heat Island

13: The classic, and most affordable, Sonoran food is obviously Mr. Antonio's Sonora Dogs. These delicious wieners are packed full of all your favorite toppings including sour cream, beef, guac, cheese, onion and much more...yummmmm | Sonora Dogs | Sonoran Food

14: Desert Pavement | Desert pavement can be found all throughout Tucson and the Sonoran region. The way the ground gets beaten down and compacted forms the desert pavement and this "pavement" surrounds all the wildlife and plants in the Sonoran region.

15: Indicator Species | An indicator species is a plant that is specific to a certain region. The Saguaro cactus is the indicator species of the Sonoran region and these cacti cannot be found in any other part of the world. I take these cacti for granted but they are truly unique and beautiful.

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