Although “The Las Vegas Strip” is not an officially recognized ecoregion in Nevada… it seems to possess the characteristics of an ecoregion… all in a very artificial, man-made fashion. Perhaps Las Vegas stands as a warning for what can happen when nature is either ignored or manipulated to its breaking point…
Location: Located in southwestern Nevada. The area designated as “The Strip” is actually 4.5 miles outside the Las Vegas city limits and is described by Wikipedia as, “the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that is roughly between Russell Road and Sahara Avenue.”
Climate: Outside, this ecoregion has a Mojave Basin and Range-type climate with an average of 300 sunny days per year. Inside, casinos regulate climate to encourage wakefulness and propensity for engagement in Casino-related activities. Whether inside or outside, this ecoregion is a haven for tourism.
Vegetation: Vegetation is largely determined by building-related themes. However, palm trees are prevalent in the Las Vegas ecoregion.
Hydrology: Water features are found on some properties; however, due to water resource issues, water conservation efforts are increasing. A movement to encourage xeriscapes is currently underway.
Terrain: Flat land forms with geological substructure to support buildings of unusual size and shape.
Wildlife: Yes! Abundant on sidewalks, streets, and in buildings. Active twenty-four hours a day. Nocturnal and diurnal behaviors vary.
Land Use/Human Activities: This ecoregion is considered a scenic area, especially at night. It is home for large hotels, casinos, and resort properties. Restaurants and retail shops abound.
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Wikipedia, The Las Vegas Strip
Photos taken in October 2013 along “The Strip”
Just Another Nature Enthusiast Photography by Jane Wilson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.