The Western United States of America is a diverse region with widely variable plant and animal communities, climate, geology, soil characteristics, and land ownership patterns. The Western Landscapes Map Viewer allows you to explore data and maps from a variety of sources to learn more about natural resources in the west.
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Drought and Fire in the American West
Read the National Geographic article by Dennis Dimick: "Drought, Fire, and the New Normal in the American West: Early-season blazes reflect a drier landscape, but fall rains could bring hope." National Geographic, May 16th, 2014..
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