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March 18, 2011

A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) grows in the Mojave Desert near Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Thursday, February 24, 2011. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

A Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) grows in the Mojave Desert near Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park, Calif., Thursday, February 24, 2011. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

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