Great Basin & Columbia Steppe bioregion
- 50,348Total Land Area (1000 ha)
- 3Number of Ecoregions
- 82%Protection Target
- 1Protection Level
The Great Basin bioregion, located in the American West subrealm of Northern America, is encircled by mountains on all sides, except for its southern boundary which marks the beginning of the Mojave Desert. It is made up predominantly of desert shrub steppe dotted with small mountains, which are covered by conifer forest. It contains three ecoregions – Great Basin Montane Forests (356), Great Basin Shrub Steppe (430), Snake-Columbia Shrub Steppe (434) – and incorporates the Great Salt Lake in central Utah. The total area of this bioregion is approximately 50 million hectares.
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