High-tech transportation, climate control, and access to water have eliminated much of the burden of life in the desert. Today, more than a billion people live in deserts around the world. Hermosillo, Mexico, is a sprawling urban area in the Sonoran Desert. More than 700,000 people live in Hermosillo, which is the center of manufacturing in the state of Sonora.

Photograph by Ana Encinas, MyShot
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