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This 1999 file photo shows the Mojave Preserve, part of the US National Parks system and located in the Mojave Desert. The Preserve is third largest park outside of Alaska, the size of the state of Vermont. It is also considered one of the top ten most endangered parks. In the foreground are Joshua trees that grow in abundance in the high desert areas.
(Robert Harbison / The Christian Science Monitor / File)