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PLAYAS

PLAYAS

Playas are temporary lakes that are dry for most of the year, but periodically accumulate water as run-off from the surrounding higher ground after heavy rainfall. The high salt content of playas usually prevents plants from growing, but the slightly higher land around them can have extensive areas dominated by saltbushes.


A playa (middle distance) with an extensive area of saltbushes, grading into creosote bushes and ocotillos as the land rises in the foreground (San Felipe desert region on the eastern side of the Baja California peninsula)

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