The Military


The Military makes extensive use of Deserts for purposes such as sheltering military equipment and personnel, facilitating training and operations, and researching and testing new technologies.

Most prominently used in California is the R-2508 Special Use Airspace Complex which is located in the Northern Mojave Desert.

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Edwards AFB
Edwards AFB





















Deserts are ideal operating areas for the various branches of the US military due to their isolation and wide open area.


Atomic bomb testing in the desert. You don't want to be there.
Atomic bomb testing in the desert. You don't want to be there.





















Test firing a Sidewinder Missile at China Lake
Test firing a Sidewinder Missile at China Lake





















Sidewinder Horned Rattlesnake
Sidewinder Horned Rattlesnake



This means that no one will be caught in an unsafe situation, and no damage will come to their properties.



National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Mojave Desert
National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Mojave Desert






























Sources:

Fradkin, Philip L. The Seven States of California: a Natural and Human History. Berkeley: University of California, 1997. Print.
Pecoskie, Teri. "From Death Valley to Kandahar." Thestar.com. 13 Mar. 2010. Web. 22 May 2010. <http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/afghanmission/article/779407--from-death-valley-to-kandahar>.
Pike, John. "R-2508 Range Complex." Blog. 26 Apr. 2005. Web. 22 May 2010. <http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/r-2508.htm>.
Powers, Rod. "State-by-State Listing of Major U.S. Military Bases - California." United States Military Information. Web. 22 May 2010. <http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/statefacts/blca.htm>.
Images:
http://www.dreamlandresort.com/info/edwards.htm
http://www.historywiz.com/images/coldwar/atomicblast.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AIM-9R_shot.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Crotalus_cerastes_mesquite_springs_CA-2.JPG
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fort_Irwin_NTC_sign.jpg