Residents and visitors in southern Arizona will get a new--and more aquatic--perspective on the Sonoran Desert beginning in January of 2013.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, one of the most popular attractions in southern Arizona, is getting ready to open the Warden Aquarium next month.

"Rivers to the Sea" is the first major exhibit in over a decade at the museum, and it will focus on two galleries.

One will highlight the region's rivers, and the other will allow visitors to become more familiar with the Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California), which is considered to be part of the overall Sonoran Desert ecosystem.

Executive director Craig Ivanyi says the aquarium exhibit is costing the museum less than $1 million and is meant to complement the museum, not become the dominant feature.

He says the water that's used in the aquarium will be reused and recycled in other parts of the facility, such as the wetlands at the attraction's grounds.

The Warden Aquarium is scheduled to open to the public on January 5, 2013.