Alvord Desert

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The Alvord Desert is a desert located in Harney County, in southeastern Oregon in the western United States. It is roughly southeast of Steens Mountain.[1] The Alvord Desert is a 12-by-7-mile (19 by 11 km) dry lake bed and averages 7 inches (180 mm) of rain a year.

Two mountain ranges separate it from the Pacific Ocean—the Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains. The Alvord Desert is at an elevation of about 4,000 feet (1,200 m).

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  1. Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.