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Big Bend National Park

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     challenging words:    adventurous, Jackrabbits, mesquite, canyons, adventure, nearby, prickly, country, visit, level, above, mountain, also, life, year, between
     content words:    Bend National Park, Rio Grande, United States, Chichuahuan Desert, Chisos Mountains, Emory Peak, Big Bend


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Big Bend National Park
By Meg Leonard
  

1     Big Bend National Park is in Texas. It is like three parks in one. There are mountains here. It is in the desert. It is on a river. The park has a lot to share.
 
2     The Rio Grande forms the park's southern border. It is also the border between Mexico and the United States. The river carved out canyons. It waters nearby plants. Many plants live here. There are agaves and prickly pears. Some trees that can be found here are oaks and junipers. The big bend in the river gives the park its name.
 
3     The park protects part of the Chichuahuan Desert. It protects the largest area of this desert in the United States. The desert has cacti. It also has mesquite and yuccas. Jackrabbits and road runners are some animals that live in the desert.

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