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Snowcap Limestone Mine

Photograph taken April 22, 2008.

Omya (California) operates the Amboy Limestone quarry located 6 miles east of Amboy, California, in the southern Bristol Mountains. The Amboy Limestone deposit, a very high purity, high brightness (white) crystalline limestone deposit is of such high purity it is suitable for pharmaceutical and food grade limestone applications, and can be utilized in products for human consumption. The limstone is mined from an extensive dip slope of Mississippian age Monte Cristo Limestone, Bullion Member, up to 300 feet thick, and 1500 feet long. Current mine life is 55 years, plus reclamation phases for a total operation life of 70 years. The current Phase 1 quarry development occurs in an area of about 10 acres. The ultimate quary will cover approximately 50 acres.


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Afton Canyon

Union Pacific trestle over the Mojave River


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Baker, California

The World's Tallest Thermometer in Baker, CA.

Photograph taken in September, 1999.

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The Mad Greek Restaurant in Baker, California.

Photograph taken in September, 1999.

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Barber Mountain

Sun setting on Barber Mountain.

This view looks east, and Hole in the Wall is on the other side of the mountain. This mountain is not formally named "Barber Mountain," but the Barber VABM is located on top. The climb to the top is about 300 meters and takes about an hour.

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Barnwell

Barnwell

Photograph taken in June, 2000.

Originally the headquarters of the Briggs and Murphy Ranch. Joined with other ranches into the Rock Springs Land and Cattle Company in 1894.

The site of Barnwell was reached by the Nevada Southern Railway in 1893. At that time the site was named Manvel for the current president of the Santa Fe railroad.

The railroad was reorganized as the California Eastern Railway in 1895, and the branch line to Searchlight built in 1906-1907.

The name of this site was changed to Barnwell in 1907, named for a telegraph operator stationed there by the railroad company.

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Black Canyon Road

Black Canyon Road, looking north from near Gold Valley Ranch.

The low gray shrubs are Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima>) and the large green shrubs are Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). This photograph was taken from a location about 50 meters north of the cows as seen in the photograph below. At first glance the vegetation might be classified as "pristine," as indeed much of the Mid Hills vegetation has been characterized. However, on closer examination there are many signs of usage by cattle, and it becomes impossible to know what the native vegetation might have been at this site.


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Cows along Black Canyon Road.


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Bristol Basin

Stromatolite at base of Bouse Formation

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.


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Bristol Basin from north slope

Photograph taken April 19. 2008.

The "road" to this location ultimately ate eight tires on a field trip containing about 25 autos.

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Bouse Formation near Amboy

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.


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Lawlor Tuff (Sonoma Volcanics) in the Bouse Formation

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.


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Examining the Bouse Formation

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.


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Desert pavement

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.

The brownish outcrop in the middleground is tilted Peach Springs Tuff.


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Bristol Lake

National Chloride Company

Photograph taken April 22, 2008.

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Salt Plant on Bristol Lake

Photograph taken April 22, 2008.

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Cadiz Valley

Cadiz Dunes

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.

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View southeast along Cadiz Road

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.

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Arizona and California Railroad

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.

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Field Trip Stop, Groundwater Discharge

Photograph taken April 19, 2008.


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Caruthers Canyon

Caruthers Canyon as seen from New York Mountain Road.

Caruthers Canyon is underlain by limestone intruded by granite. Granite can be seen intruding the small hill in right foreground.

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Unusual rock formation in Caruthers Canyon.

This often photographed rock formation in Caruthers Canyon, was also photographed by Annie Alexander and placed in her notebook with the notation of Fourth of July Canyon. It tells me that Annie was actually in Caruthers Canyon during her visit of 1940, and not in Fourth of July Canyon as her notebook states.


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Caruthers Canyon in June, 2000.

This photograph was taken from a location near where Annie or Louise took their photograph on page 44a. By GPS, the location is 11S 0654416 3899242.


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Caruthers Canyon.

My dad in Caruthers Canyon, below the Giant Ledge Mine, after a November rainstorm.

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Castle Peaks, Castle Mountains, etc.

Castle Mountains Mine as seen from Ivanpah Road

Photograph taken April 22, 2004.

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Cedar Canyon

Lower Cedar Canyon after the Hackberry Complex Fire.

Photograph taken October 16, 2005.

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View of Cedar Canyon from Pinto Mountain

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

The Hackberry Conplex Fire, driven by south winds, came toward the camera, and turned east along the south face of Pinto Mountain.

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Patchy burned areas on Pinto Mountain.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

In Cedar Canyon, we stopped to look at the location of my plot on Pinto Mountain. Again we were surprised by the patchy distribution of burned areas.


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Cedar Canyon as seen from Pinto Mountain

The Cedar Canyon Fault comes through the canyon at left and passes to the right, north of Pinto Mountain.

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Cima

The Cima Store in Cima.

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Cima Dome

The Cross-In-A-Box on June 1, 2009

Photograph taken June 1, 2009


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The Cross on Kessler Springs Road -- Covered this time.

Photograph taken April 21, 2004.

When I passed by the cross on April 21, 2004, it was covered by the cardboard box, as shown. Someone has scrawled markings that look faintly religious on the box. Despite news reports that the cross is covered by a heavy tarp, it has been several years since I have seen the tarp.

I passed by the cross again on Sunday, May 22, 2004. This time there was no covering for the cross.

Meanwhile, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, released a ruling on June 8, 2004, that the cross violated the Establishment clause.

In the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2004, Rep. Jerry Lewis (R- San Bernardino) was able to insert a clause requiring the Department of Interior to transfer the property to private owners. The court, however, said that the transfer may take several years, and therefore the case is not moot.

All this caused by a single retired Park Service employee, who in fact claims to be religious.


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The Cross-In-A-Box in May, 2008

Photograph taken May 27, 2008.


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Cross beside Kessler Springs Road on Cima Dome.

Apparently this cross has caused some controversy about whether it is an appropriate icon in a national park, and there has been some discussion about removing it.


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Blackbrush in pass between Cima Dome and Kessler Peak

Photograph taken June 1, 2009


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Sunrise Rock, sans Cross, June 2012

Photographed 27 May 2012.


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Clark Mountain

View of Clark Mountain from the north.

Photograph taken 20 April 2005

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Location of Clark Mountain Station.

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Mill alongside the road.

Photograph taken 6-Jun-06.


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Canyon on west side of Clark Mountain.

Photograph taken in May, 1999, near Pachalka Spring.

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Clark Mountain as seen from Kessler Springs Road.

Two trucks on Interstate 15 can be faintly seen in the left middle ground.

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Heading down from the Coliseum Mine.

Photograph taken 6-Jun-06.


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Clark Mountain, California, from Halloran Summit.

Photograph taken April 23, 2004.

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Clark Mountain as seen from the Coliseum Mine

Photograph taken 6-Jun-06.

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Pachalka Spring

Photograph taken in May, 1999. West side of Clark Mountain.

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Coliseum Mine

The Big Hole at the Coliseum Mine

Photograph taken 6-Jun-06.

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Columbia Mountain

Columbia Mountain as seen from the Blue Rock Mine in Macedonia Canyon.

At the very top of Columbia Mountain is an excellent example of supergene enrichment of copper ores. The idea behind supergene enrichment goes something like this. In the beginning there was a small amount of copper mineralization in the ore vein. As the mountain eroded away, the copper minerals were dissolved and then redeposited a few feet deeper in the vein. As a result the copper vein at the surface looks to be very rich. But just a few feet below the surface there is very little copper. Someone built a road to the top of Columbia Mountain, and dug some exploratory trenches in rich copper veins right on the very top of the mountain. However as soon as they got a few feet down, the vein was not rich enough to continue digging.

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Cree Camp

Cree Camp

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Building at Cree Camp.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Well near Cree Camp.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Road to Cree Camp.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Looking down towards Cree Camp.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Building at Cree Camp.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Cronese Basin

U. S. Interstate 15 looking east toward Baker and Las Vegas from Ventifact Hill


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Fenner Valley

Looking south into Fenner Valley from the vicinity of Hackberry Mountain and Vontrigger Spring

Photograph taken September 22, 2000. Notice how green the landscape is. The summer of 2000 brought several good rainstorms to this area.

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Fort Piute

Page 3 (Map) of the Irwin Letter.

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Page 1 of the Irwin Letter

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Road to Fort Piute.


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Page 2 of the Irwin letter.

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Goffs

Goffs School House.

Photograph taken 24 April 2005.

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Collected equipment at the Goffs Schoolhouse.

Photograph taken 24 April 2005.

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Goffs

Photograph taken September 22, 2000.

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Dennis Casebier gives an overview of the Goffs Schoolhouse and MDCHA

Photograph taken 24 April 2005.

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Gold Valley

Blackbrush along Black Canyon Road in Gold Valley

Photograph taken June 2, 2009

This view looks southwest towards Barber Mountain. The foreground burned in June, 2005.


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Blackbrush along Black Canyon Road in Gold Valley

Photograph taken June 2, 2009

This view looks southeast towards the Woods Mountains.


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Blackbrush along Black Canyon Road in Gold Valley

Photograph taken June 2, 2009

This view looks northeast toward Table Top at the left distance.


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Government Holes

Government Holes.

Government Holes is across the wash south of Cedar Canyon Road. The eastern Mojave folklore is that Government Holes is the site of the only fatal shoot-out in the eastern Mojave. It was apparently the sheep herders against the cattlemen.

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Halloran Hills

Halloran Spring

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Arrastre near Halloran Springs.

Photograph taken 23 April 2005.

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Bull Spring Wash, looking downstream to the southwest.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Mine shaft at unknown mine.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

The hoist anchor is between the shaft and my car.


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Bull Spring with Solomons Knob in the background.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Joshua Tree beside the road.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

View is to the east.


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Francis Spring

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Solomon's Knob from Francis Springs Road.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Bull Spring Wash looking northeast.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Pond near Francis Spring.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Workings at the Wander Mine

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Road intersection in the Halloran Hills.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

This is the intersection of Thompson's (1921) route from Silver Lake to Goodsprings, and Halloran Springs Road.


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Thompson's (1921) Route to Silver Lake from Goodsprings

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Thompson's (1921) Route to Silver Lake from Goodsprings

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

Turquoise Mountain with radio towers in the distance.


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Overview of Wander Mine

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Road Intersection in Halloran Hills

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Workings at the Wander Mine

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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View west from Halloran Springs Road.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

The Avawatz Mountains are in the right distance.

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View across Silurian Valley to Soda Mountains

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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"Kavorka Hills"

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Road north to Turquoise Mountain.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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View of the Hollow Hills and Turquoise Mountain across Soda Lake.

Photograph taken 23-April-06 from Zzyzx Road. Looking across Soda Lake, the Hollow Hills form the skyline on the left half, whereas Turquoise Mountain with communications equipment is just right of center. Squaw Mountain barely breaks the skyline to the right.

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Between Francis Spring and Turquoise Mountain.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

View is to the east.


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View of Turquoise Mountain from Wander Mine

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Hoist anchor at unknown mine.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Solomons Knob and Bull Spring Wash in the Halloran Hills

Photograph taken 23-April-06 from the vicinity of Hytens Well on Halloran Springs Road..

Solomons Knob is the volcanic neck in the right middleground. Bull Spring Wash runs diagonally at the base of Solomons Knob. Clark Mountain is seen in the left distance.

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Location of Hytens Well.

Map created from http://terraserver-usa.com/usgsentry.aspx?T=2&S=12&Z=11&X=744&Y=4897&W=3 on 7-May-06, shows the location of Hytens Well on the Turquoise Mountain quadrangle, and the location as shown in literature.

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Road near Turquoise Mountain

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

Photograph looks west.


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Old road to Silver Lake.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

Photograph looks west.


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Communications equipment on top of Turquoise Mountain.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Road to Francis Spring.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

View looking east from Turquoise Mountain Road in the direction of Francis Spring.


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Between Turquoise Mountain and Francis Spring

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

View is to the northeast.


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Looking into Shadow Valley from Francis Spring

Photograph taken 23-April-06.


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Hole in the Wall

General view of the campground at Hole in the Wall.

The slot canyon from which Hole in the Wall got its name is in the center. The peaks of the Providence Mountains can be seen in the distance.

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Jake climbs the rings in Banshee Canyon

Photograph taken May 22, 2004.

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Banshee Canyon from below.

Photograph taken May 22, 2004.

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Two camp sites in the campground at Hole in the Wall.

While Hole in the Wall is a very pretty area, the camp sites are exposed to wind and sun, except in the late afternoon.

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Homer

The current station on Homer on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.

Photograph taken September 22, 2000.

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View of the vegetation at Homer.

Photograph taken September 23, 2000.

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Ivanpah

Ivanpah Road at the Union Pacific Railroad.

One of the several places called "Ivanpah" is the Ivanpah Road crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Photograph taken April 22, 2004.

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Coliseum Gorge from Ivanpah

Photograph taken 6-Jun-06.

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View from the site of the original Ivanpah, now called Ivanpah Springs.

Photograph taken 6-Jun-06.

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Ivanpah Lake

Ivanpah Lake and Primm

U. S. Interstate 15 descends from Wheaton Pass past Nipton Road, crossing Ivanpah Lake in route to Primm, Nevada.

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Ivanpah Mountains

Ivanpah Mountains.

The west end of the Ivanpah Mountains as seen from Kessler Springs Road.

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Ivanpah Valley

Murphy Well and the Ivanpah Mountains

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Inside Hotel Nipton

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Hotel Nipton

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Castle Peaks across the Ivanpah Valley.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Murphy Well

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Nipton across the Ivanpah Valley.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

Crescent Peak, Nevada, in the distance.

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Kelbaker Road

Signs on Kelbaker Road, leaving Baker.

This picture was taken on a rainy Saturday afternoon. It is 35 miles to Kelso, where there are no services, and 78 miles to the nearest services


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Kelbaker Road near Baker in an El Niño Spring rain.

From Baker, the road climbs 1100 ft up a broad bajada on the northwest slope of Cima Dome into the Cima Volcanic Field.


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Kelso

Kelso Depot

Photograph taken October 16, 2005.

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Kelso Depot in April 1998.

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Looking north toward Kelso

Photograph taken April 22, 2008.

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Egrets in Kelso.

Photograph taken October 16, 2005.

When we arrived in Kelso, the egrets were still roosting in the trees. As we were walking around and looking at the Kelso Depot, the egrets began to circle, and then headed south.


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Kelso Depot

Photographed 29 May 2012.

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Kelso Dunes

Kelso Dunes as seen from Kelbaker Road north of Kelso.

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Kelso Mountains

Kelso Mountains (Rocky Ridge) and Old Dad Mountain as seen from the southwest edge of Cima Dome.

Photograph taken May 27, 2001.

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Kelso Peak as seen from the North.

Photograph taken May 27, 2001.

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The Descent of Rocky Ridge.

The field trip of the 2001 Desert Research Symposium descends from Rocky Ridge into Jackass Canyon. Rocky Ridge is entirely sedimentary in origin. The steep slope in the left middleground was covered by Beavertail Opuntia basilaris in bloom. Photograph taken April 22, 2001.

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The Mojave-mobile where the Dudleya were found.

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Kelso Valley

A Union Pacific train waits for a green signal at Elnora along Kelso-Cima Road.

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Kokoweef Peak

Kokoweef Peak forms the backdrop for a discussion of the regional significance of the Aztec Sandstone

Photograph taken April 21, 2001 during the field trip of the 2001 Desert Research Symposium.

The peak of Kokoweef Peak is formed of Goodsprings Dolomite. The outcrop is bounded by the Clark Mountain Fault and extends to the southeast into the Ivanpah Valley. Flanking the north and west of Kokoweef Peak is a series of progressively younger rocks, beginning with the Sultan Limestone and ending with the Aztec Sandstone, upon which this field trip group is standing.

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View of Mountain Pass Rare Earth Mine from the east slope of Kokoweef Peak.


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Lanfair Valley

Looking north at the Bobcat Hills in the southeast corner of the Lanfair Valley

Photograph taken September 22, 2000. Notice how green the landscape is. The summer of 2000 brought several good rainstorms to this area.

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David Thompson's (1920) map of Lanfair Valley.

This is Plate VI from Thompson, David G., 1920. I was particularly interested in this map because it shows the location of Ledge. This map shows it also to be known as Maruba P. O. It was at Ledge that miners directed Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg to the south side of the New York Mountains in 1940 because the road to Keystone Canyon was washed out.

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Lanfair Valley and Hackberry Mountain, seen from the New York Mountains.

The Lanfair Valley is bounded by the New York Mountains on the north, and HackBerry Mountain on the south. The eastern boundary would be the Piute Mountains, while Lanfair Valley extends west to Rock Spring. This photograph was taken just east of Caruthers Canyon. I had walked up on the foothills of the New York Mountains in search of Frasera albomarginata. New York Mountain Road can be seen in the foreground.

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Locations of various authors' field work in the eastern Mojave desert.

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"Lanfair #1"

There is a telephone near the intersection of Cedar Canyon Road, Lanfair Road, and Ivanpah Road. The new telephone has a telephone number, which unfortunately I don't know. The old telephone number was "Lanfair #1." The old telephone looked like this.

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Lobo Point

Transect at Lobo Point.

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Location of Lobo Point.

Map showing the location of Lobo Point and the north slope of Wild Horse Mesa relative to Hole-in-the-Wall.

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At work at Lobo Point.

This is me, hard at work, studying the latest issue of PC Week, in the Eastern Mojave Field Office of Office Systems and End User Support.

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Location of Lobo Point.

Map showing the location of Lobo Point and the north slope of Wild Horse Mesa relative to Hole-in-the-Wall.

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Looking toward Lobo Point.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

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Merritt College Desert Studies group picture at Lobo Point.


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Location of Lobo Point.

Map showing the location of Lobo Point and the north slope of Wild Horse Mesa relative to Hole-in-the-Wall.

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Sunset at Lobo Point after a rainstorm.

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Lobo Point in the early morning.

The dark layer is welded tuff of the Hole in the Wall Formation (McCurry,1985) which is faulted underneath the landslide seen in left center. The light colored rock below is an air fall tuff, also a unit of the Hole in the Wall Formation. Many species of birds nest in the cliffs of Lobo Point.

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Panorama showing burned and unburned areas in the Valley of Lobo Point.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

In the Lobo Point campground there was one Pinyon that was perhaps 3-4 feet tall when I first camped there in 1980. Over the years, it grew to more than 12 feet tall. However, it looks too badly burned to survive. This would be in the extreme right of the photograph link a left. Panning to the left, though, one can see a Juniper that is scorched and brown on one side, but not burned. Then an Antelope Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata (Pursh) DC ssp. glandulosa (Curran) M. E. Jones), a Box Thorn (Lycium cooperi A. Gray), and finally a large Pinyon (Pinus monophylla Torrey & Fremont) that did not burn. These plants should provide seed to re-establish the vegetation in this little valley.

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Looking northeast toward Little Thorn Mountains from Lobo Point

Photograph taken October 15, 2005 near Lobo Point, Mojave National Preserve.

Looking northeast from the slopes of Lobo Point toward Gold Valley Mine, one could see numerous Junipers and a few Pinyons that did not burn, especially in the low places along washes.

In the middle ground, there are two Junipers that did not burn. These two Junipers were in a "parking lot" used when Merritt College camped here. Consequently, there were no shrubs around the Junipers to sustain the fire.


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Lunch stop at Lobo Point.

Photograph taken 1 June 2010.


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Burned Pinyons and Junipers in this common view of Lobo Point.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

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View of Lobo Point, 1 June 2010

Photograph taken 1 June 2010.

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Looking toward Lobo Point.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

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Small unburned patch.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.


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Most of the Pinyons and Junipers burned in the Valley of Lobo Point.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

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Juniper singed in the lower branches.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

In the valley of Lobo Point, there is an informal campground. This is the location that Merritt College camped for many years. There is an old, scarred Juniper here. It's been shot, sawed, axed, and had every other manner insult. My contribution has been to eat lunch here at least once in every trip to the eastern Mojave, and to sit in the shade while enjoying the view of Lobo Point. I also confess to saving up the saving up the melt water in the cooler, and draining it somewhere in the drip line of the Juniper.

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General view north from near Lobo Point to the Little Thorn Mountains.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.


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Lobo Point, May 2012

Photographed 28 May 2012.

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Location of my former plot in Salvia dorrii

Photographed 28 May 2012.


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Lobo Point road, seven years after the Hackberry Complex Fire.

Photographed 28 May 2012.


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Lunch stop at Lobo Point, May 2012

Photographed 28 May 2012.

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Lunch time view of Lobo Point, May 2012

Photographed 28 May 2012.

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Macedonia Canyon

Railroad bridge over Macedonia Canyon Road.


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Macedonia Canyon

Upper section of Macedonia Canyon. The road is in the wash. There are several stone cabins in this portion of the canyon.


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Washout in Macedonia Canyon

Photograph taken May 30, 2005.

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Washout in Macedonia Canyon

Photograph taken May 30, 2005.

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Sketch map of Macedonia Canyon Road.

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Marl Spring

USGS map showing Marl Spring Location.

The route that I took is indicated in green. I think next time I will try the alternate route marked in yellow. It will avoid the rough road through the canyons.

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Marl Spring

Photograph taken May 27, 2001.

Plaque at Marl Springs reads as follows:

"Pozos de San Juan de Dios

"On March 8, 1776, Fr. Francis Garces, O.P.M., on his most famous journey of over 2,000 miles from Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona, to Mission San Gabriel, rested here and named these waterholes "St. John of God Springs," (Marl Springs), and on the return journey passed through here, May 22, same year.

"Erected by the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, Saint Mary Desert Valley Hospital, Apple Valley, California, 1972, in cooperation with the San Bernardino County Museum."

 

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Mescal Range

Striped Mountain in Piute Valley.

Photograph taken 24 April 2005.

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Two mines in the Mescal Range seen from Striped Mountain

The uppermost mine is the Blue Buzzard Mine and the lower mine is the Iron Horse Mine. I thought this might be good territory to check for Frasera albomarginata in the future.

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Portion of Thompson's (1921) Plate XII showing Mescal Spring.

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Mesquite Mountains

Winters Pass as seen from one of the small hills in Winters Pass Hills.

Photograph taken April 20, 2004. This photograph gives a better sense of Winters Pass being a broad, low pass between the north and south Mesquite Mountains.

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Looking east into Nevada from Winters Pass

Photograph taken April 20, 2004.

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View of Mesquite Valley and Spring Mountains, from Mesquite Mountains.

Photograph taken 21 April 2005.

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View of Mesquite Mountains summit from Winters Pass.

Photograph taken 21 April 2005.

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View south from Winters Pass

Photograph taken April 20, 2004. View is of the South Mesquite Mountains.

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View of Mesquite Lake and Mesquite Valley

Photograph taken April 20, 2004. Kingston Road crosses the photograph at bottom.


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Winters Pass Hills near Kingston Road

Photograph taken April 20, 2004. This was a cloudy day. This little hill, right beside the road, is the southernmost hill in the Winters Pass Hills. The rocks on the top of the hill are Noonday Dolomite.

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Limestone slope in the central Mesquite Mountains.

Photograph taken 21 April 2005. The buff-colored limestone in the middle of the photo is the location where I found so many Mimulus bigelovii in bloom.


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Cheryl relaxes amongst the Blackbrush in the Mesquite Mountains.

Photograph taken 20 April 2005.

Actually Cheryl wasn't relaxing very much, as she was sitting on a very sharp slab of limestone. This is also very close to the location of my collection number 450.


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Large Barrel Cactus on quartzite outcrop.

Photograph taken April 23, 2004.

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GoogleEarth image with aircraft flying over Mesquite Mountains.

Photographed 4 June 2006.


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Mesquite Valley

Kingston Road at the California-Nevada border

Looking west into California and the Mesquite Mountains.

This photo was taken from the approximate center of Mesquite Valley.

Mesquite Valley is a small structural basin bounded by the southern Spring Range on the east, the Clark Mountain Range on the south, and the Mesquite Mountains on the west. The lowest elevation is about 774 m.

Pahrump Valley to the north is about three times larger than Mesquite Valley. Black Butte appears to be a natural structural divide between the two valleys.

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Mid Hills

Looking south on Wild Horse Canyon Road.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.


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Base map showing location of Mid Hills, San Bernardino County, California

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Looking north on Wild Horse Canyon Road

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An area in the Mid Hills after the Hackberry Complex Fire.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.


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Base map showing location of Mid Hills, San Bernardino County, California

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Base map showing location of Mid Hills, San Bernardino County, California

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Coordinate system is NAD_1927_UTM_Zone_11N.

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Looking south on Wild Horse Canyon Road from near the Mid Hills Campground.

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Mid Hills Campground

Camp site in the Mid Hills Campground after the Hackberry Complex Fire.

Photograph taken June 27, 2005. Courtesy of Phillip Woodall.

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The beginning of attitude adjustment hour having arrived at Mid Hills Campground.

That's a bottle of Blue Heron Ale in my hand.

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Camp site in the Mid Hills Campground after the Hackberry Complex Fire.

Photograph taken June 27, 2005. Courtesy of Phillip Woodall.

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Relaxing in Mid Hills Campground.

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Sunset in Mid Hills Campground

Photograph taken 6-Jun-06.


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Golden Eagle in the Mid Hills Campground

Photograph taken 7-Jun-06.


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Campground entrance after Hackberry Fire Complex

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Camp site #25 in Mid Hills Campground 1 year after the Hackberry Complex Fire

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Mid Hills Campground.

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Entrance koisk burned by the Hackberry Complex Fire

Photograph taken June 27, 2005. Courtesy of Phillip Woodall.

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Mitchell Caverns

Mitchell Caverns headquarters at the end of Essex Road.

The white splotches are indeed snow flakes. Photograph taken in April 1980.

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Mojave National Preserve

Looking north east to the Castle Peaks.

Photograph taken May 30, 2005.

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Entrance sign near Valley Wells.

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Looking north on Ivanpah Road.

Photograph taken May 30, 2005.


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Running water in Black Canyon, looking north.

Photograph taken May 29, 2005.


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Little Cow Hole Mountains from Zzyzx Road.

Photograph taken April 23, 2004.

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View from the north face of Wild Horse Mesa.

Photograph taken May 29, 2005.

Many of the brown-ish junipers are dead from several years of drought.


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Running water in Black Canyon, looking south.

Photograph taken May 29, 2005.


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Mojave Road

The Mojave Road west of Cedar Canyon.


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Plaque dedicated to the Mojave Road


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Mountain Pass

View of the Unocal processing plant at the Mountain Pass Rare Earth Mine

Photograph taken 24 April 2005.

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New York Mountains

New York Mountains as seen from Bert Smith Rock House at Rock Spring

Photograph taken April 22, 2004.

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New York Mountains, as seen from the east on Ivanpah Road.

Photograph taken May 30, 2005, at Barnwell (Manvel).

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The New York Mountains as seen from Ivanpah Road.

Photograph taken May 30, 2005.

This view is looking west in the mid-morning.

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New York Mountain Road in Ross Horse Pasture.

This is New York Mountain Road between Caruthers Canyon and Lanfair Road. This area is called Ross Horse Pasture.


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Old Dad Mountain

View of Old Dad Mountain from Rocky Ridge

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OX Ranch

OX Ranch.

The headquarters of the OX Ranch on Ivanpah Road at New York Mountain Road.

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Pinto Mountain

WW II archeological site

Photographed 28 May 2012.


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WW II archeological site

Photographed 28 May 2012.


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Piute Canyon

Piute Canyon.

Lake beds at the head of Piute Canyon, on the west side of the Piute Range.


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Piute Valley

Rogers Camp in Piute Valley

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Providence Mountains

Snow at Mitchell Caverns

Photograph taken 19 December 2008 by Phil Woodall.


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Providence Mountains from Kelbaker Road.

The Providence Mountains are very rugged on the northwest face shown here, and easier to visit from the southeast side. The Mid Hills are the northeast extension of the Providence Mountains ridge line as seen at left.


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Providence Mountains in snow.

Photograph taken 19 December 2008 by Phil Woodall.


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Rock Spring

Bert Smith Rock House

The Bert Smith Rock House, was also occupied for a time by Carl Faber, who is a well-known desert artist.

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Rock Spring

Rock Spring is in an un-named wash that that drains Round Valley. As the wash comes through the granite, the water is forced to the surface, making Rock Spring one of the more reliable springs in the eastern Mojave. Rock Spring empties into Watson Wash which can be seen in the distance.

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Bert Smith Rock House in April, 2004.

Photograph taken April 22, 2004.

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Round Valley

Intersection of Wild Horse Canyon and Black Canyon Roads after Hackberry Complex Fire.

This panorama, taken June 27, 2005, after the Hackberry Complex Fire of June 22-25, 2005, shows that much of Round Valley burned as well as a good portion of Pinto Mountain.

Photograph taken June 27, 2005. Courtesy of Phillip Woodall.

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Holliman Well

Photograph taken May 28, 2008.

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Round Valley near Mid Hills Campground.

The vegetation in the foreground is Basin Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) with Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). The primary rock type here is granite, which makes up the rock pile in the center ground. Pinto Mountain is the striped mountain at left. The peaks of the New York Mountains can be seen in the distance.

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Pinto Mountain across Round Valley as seen from Black Canyon Road.

The gray shrubs are Basin Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and the large green shrubs are Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma). Pinto Mountain is composed of Hole-in-the-Wall Tuff, Winkler Formation, and Peach Springs Tuff. In the loose rock at the base of Pinto Mountain are boulders of gneiss and schist. That would indicate to me that the basement rock under Pinto Mountain is at or very near the surface.

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Salt Creek

Salt Creek, looking downstream toward the Amargosa River

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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Salt Creek, looking upstream, to the southeast.

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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Honey Mesquite at Salt Creek

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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View of Salt Creek

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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Large Athel tree at Salt Creek

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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Shadow Mountains

Field trip stop in Eastern Star Wash.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.

Kingston Range in the background.

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Field trip stop in Eastern Star Wash.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.


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Gomphothere tracks.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.


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Eastern Star Wash in the Shadow Mountains.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.

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Someone hollered, "There are bird tracks up here," setting off a mad scramble.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.


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Shadow Valley

View of Shadow Valley, the Mesquite Mountains, and the Spring Mountains.

Photograph taken 20 April 2005 from Kingston Road, a few miles north of Valley Wells.


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Kingston Road on the east side of the Mesquite Mountains.

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Silurian Hills

Silurian Hills, as seen from the north.

Photograph taken 22-April-06 on Kingston Wash Road, east of Valjean.

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Cut on the former Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad.

Photograph taken 22-April-06. This cut is in the Silurian Hills, and looks north to the Dumont Hills.


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Liesegang weathering in the Silurian Hills.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.

This is Field Trip Stop 1-3 from Reynolds (2006). The Liesegang weathering is one line of evidence that the hills to the west are massive slide blocks over a deeply weathered surface.

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Brian and Joe review the stratigraphy of the Silurian Hills.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.

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Silurian Hills in the late afternoon.

Photograph taken 22-April-06.

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Silurian Valley

Photography on Silurian Lake in the late Afternoon

Photograph taken 22-April-06.

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Ridge lines silhouetted by the setting sun.

Photograph taken 22-April-06 from Silurian Lake, showing the successive ridge lines of the Salt Spring Hills, the Saddle Peak Hills, and the Ibex Hills.

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Close to the end of Halloran Springs Road.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

From this point I had to do a little cross-country driving, crossing two berms to get to a power line tower. From the tower I was able to use a power company access road to get to the Power Line Road.


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The beginning of Halloran Springs Road in Silver Lake.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

According to the map, this is the beginning of Halloran Springs Road in Silver Lake. In theory it should run sub parallel to the power line road and eventually merge with it about three miles up the slope.


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View west across Silver Lake from Silver Lake.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

As I was taking this photograph, a truck turned left from California Highway 127 onto this road. It was an open trailer for gravel or other bulk commodity.

I would guess that Thompson's (1921) route from Barstow to Silver Lake (site) crossed Silver Lake at approximately this location.

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Avawatz Mountains from CA Highway 127.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Foundations at Silver Lake (site).

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Silver Lake

Lower spillway, looking upstream.

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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Upper spillway, looking upstream.

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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Upper spillway, looking upstream.

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

The town of Baker is in the distance, across the playa of Silver Lake.

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Lower spillway, looking downstream.

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Upper spillway, looking downstream.

Photograph taken 30-Apr-07.

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Soda Lake

Soda Lake, looking south from Soda Springs.

Photograph taken April 27, 2001.

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Soda Mountains

Soda Mountains from the shores of Soda Lake.

Photograph taken 23-April-06.

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Soda Springs Desert Studies Center

A typical room at Soda Springs Desert Studies Center.

Photograph taken 21 April 2005.

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Cheryl relaxes on the lanai at Five-Star Zzyzx Hilton.

Photograph taken 20 April 2005

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View of Soda Lake from the Lanai at the Zzyzx Hilton.

Photograph taken 20 April 2005

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Striped Mountain

Striped Mountain as seen from Kessler Springs Road.

There are many "Striped Mountains" or "Striped Buttes" in the desert regions ot the southwest. This one is between the Mescal Range and the Ivanpah Mountains of the eastern Mojave Desert.

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Table Top

Table Top.

The flat-topped mountain to the east of Black Canyon Road is Table Top. Geologic reports note that the Table Top is granite, topped by a quartz latite lava flow. The top surface is flat as it appears to be from the road. For most of its flat top, the vegetation consists of only two species, Basin Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma).

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US Highway 66

The "Shoe Tree" between Amboy and Chambless

Photograph taken on April 19, 2004.


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Roy's Café in Amboy

The café did not appear to be open on April 19, 2004, when I took this photo.

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The Essex Post Office

Photograph taken on April 19, 2004. I struggled a bit to find something photogenic in Essex, and finally settled on this view.

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A Santa Fe train makes it way west from Bagdad to Siberia.


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Valley Wells

Dugout dwellings at Valley Wells.

Photograph taken 23 April 2005.

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Dugout dwellings at Valley Wells.

Photograph taken 23 April 2005.

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View of the Valley Wells, area, Clark Mountain in the background

Photograph taken 23 April 2005.

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Ward Valley

Location of Ward, San Bernardino, County, California

Excerpt from Thompson's (1921) map.

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Wild Horse Canyon

West end of road to Lobo Point.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

Wild Horse Canyon Road is the gray gravel road in the left and center distance.


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Road to Winkler's Cabin, May 29, 2008

Photograph taken May 29, 2008.


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Road to Winkler's Cabin, May 29, 2008

Photograph taken May 29, 2008.


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Looking west on the road to Winkler's Cabin, June 1, 2010

Photograph taken 1 June 2010.


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Looking east on the road to Winkler's Cabin, June 1, 2010

Photograph taken 1 June 2010.


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Patchy burned areas in lower Wild Horse Canyon.

The fire came down this face of Wild Horse Mesa in the lower canyon, leaving patchy areas unburned. Photograph taken June 27, 2005 by Phil Woodall, used by permission.

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Patchy areas burned on the slopes of Wild Horse Mesa.

Photograph taken June 27, 2005 by Phil Woodall, used by permission.

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View across Wild Horse Canyon

Photograph taken May 29, 2008.

I have seen some collections made in Wild Horse Canyon, that gave an ecological association of "Joshua tree woodland." However, I don't think I have ever seen Joshua trees in Wild Horse Canyon. I contacted the collector who was quite certain that there were Joshua trees in the area, but that they were not recovering well from the 2005 Hackberry Complex fire. So I went to the location of the collections, as given in geographic coordinates, and searched for Joshua trees. The location is shown in the photograph at left. I searched both sides of the road, across the wash and up on the benches on either side of the wash. I did not find Joshua trees. I did find burned stumps and sprouts of Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) and Mohave Yucca (Y. schidigera), but not Joshua trees (Y. brevifolia). I'm not saying the Joshua trees aren't there. I'm just saying that I could not find them.

You might wonder, of course, what difference does it make? In my observation, Joshua trees occur on the northwest side of the Mid Hills ridge. They also are found on the ridge line. However, Joshua trees are not found on the southeast side of the Mid Hills ridge, until one reaches the higher elevations of Pinto Valley.

I want to hypothesize that the Mid Hills ridge creates a small orographic precipation increase on the side from which winter storms come, the northwest side. The ridge also casts a small rain shadow on the lee side, the southeast side. The orographic effect and rain shadow are enough to affect Joshua tree distribution in this area. If there are Joshua trees in Wild Horse Canyon, then they provide a counter-example to my hypothesis.

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Woods Mountains behind Hole-in-the-Wall.

Photograph taken 19 December 2008 by Phil Woodall.


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Burned slopes in mid-Wild Horse Canyon.

The fire burned right down to the wash and road in the mid-section of Wild Horse Canyon. Photograph taken June 27, 2005 by Phil Woodall, used by permission.

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Snow in mid-Wild Horse Canyon

Photograph taken 19 December 2008 by Phil Woodall.


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Looking south into Wild Horse Canyon.

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Road to Winklers Cabin, October 15, 2005

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

I also found the patterns of light and dark interesting, each dark place marking the former location of a shrub.


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Looking east on the road to Winklers Cabin, 15 Oct 2005.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.


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Snow on north face of Wild Horse Mesa, 19 December 2008.

Photograph taken 19 December 2008 by Phil Woodall.


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Snow on plants in Wild Horse Canyon

Photograph taken 19 December 2008 by Phil Woodall.


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Road to Winklers Cabin, June 7, 2006

Photograph taken 7-Jun-06.


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Musing about trails in Mojave National Preserve.

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Road to Winkler's Cabin, June 2, 2009

Photograph taken June 2, 2009


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Road to Winkler's Cabin, June 2, 2009

Photograph taken June 2, 2009


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Wild Horse Canyon Trailhead

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Road to Winklers Cabin, June 7, 2006

Photograph taken 7-Jun-06.


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Near the top of lower Wild Horse Canyon

The fire burned both sides of the road in this section. However, there are some patches of unburned vegetation on the other side fo the wash and up near the rim of the mesa. Photograph taken June 27, 2005 by Phil Woodall, used by permission.

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View north on Wild Horse Canyon Road.

Photographed May 2, 1998.


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View east on Winkler Cabin road, May 2012

Photographed 28 May 2012.


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View west on Winkler Cabin road, May 2012

Photographed 28 May 2012.


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Where I parked to hike up to my experimental plots.

Photographed 28 May 2012.


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A couple of skinny cows.

Photographed 28 May 2012.

It's pretty clear what they don't like to eat: Acacia greggii, Prunus fasciculata, and Salazaria mexicana.


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Wild Horse Canyon Road

Large knob of granite in the Mid Hills near Wild Horse Canyon Road.

This one had Golden Eagles nesting in a crevice near the top.


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View south along Wild Horse Canyon Road.

Wild Horse Mesa is on the right (west) side of the road. The rock layers on the side of the mesa are welded and airfall tuffs.


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Wild Horse Canyon Road.

Wild Horse Canyon Road in the lower part of the canyon, view looking northwest, and up the canyon. At this location, Wild Horse Canyon Road drops off the bajada, and into the wash. A thicket of Mohave Yucca (Yucca schidigera) can be seen on the right side of the road. The road passes between the two outcrops of mud flow breccia (lahar) seen in the middle distance. The east side of Wild Horse Mesa is seen in the background.


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Wild Horse Mesa

Wild Horse Mesa.

A small group of hikers discuss the next destination, while standing on the north rim of Wild Horse Mesa. A few Utah Junipers (Juniperus osteosperma), a Blue Yucca (Yucca baccata), some small shrubs and some grasses grow in the rocky surface of the mesa.


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North face of Wild Horse Mesa after the Hackberry Complex Fire

This photograph, taken from a ridge just north of Winkler's Cabin, looks south at the north face of Wild Horse Mesa. It shows that some areas did not burn, presumably because of the sparse vegetation. My plots in Frasera albomarginata may not have burned.

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North slope of Wild Horse Mesa.

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The north face of Wild Horse Mesa after the Hackberry Complex Fire, June 22-25, 2005.

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North face of Wild Horse Mesa after the Hackberry Complex Fire.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

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Willow Well

Willow Well.

Willow Well on Wild Horse Mesa Road is one of many wells dug and maintained by cattle ranchers in the eastern Mojave. The "willow" is actually Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) a member of the tropical family Bignoniaceae (Catalpa Family). When this picture was taken, March 1998, the willows were still dormant and so they are the large gray shrubs around the tank. At an elevation of 1475 m, Willow Well is about the highest elevation I have observed the Desert Willow to grow. The boulders in the foreground are Precambrian gneiss.


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Winkler's Cabin

Looking east across upper Wild Horse Canyon from the hill above Winkler's Cabin.

The site of the former Winkler's Cabin is just to the right and in front of the pickup truck. Photograph taken June 27, 2005 by Phil Woodall, used by permission.


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Entrance to the Blue Jay Mine, caved following the Hackberry Fire Complex.

Photograph taken June 27, 2005. Courtesy of Phillip Woodall.


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Winkler's Cabin.

Jim Lons and Dan Rosen at Winkler's Cabin. This photograph was taken in about 1987 before the cabin was painted by the BLM.

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Winklers Cabin burned to the ground.

Photograph taken June 27, 2005. Courtesy of Phillip Woodall.

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Site of Winklers Cabin, May 2012.

Photographed 28 May 2012.

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The plaque at Winklers Cabin, May 2012

Photographed 28 May 2012.

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The adit at Winklers Cabin

Photographed 28 May 2012.

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Woods Mountains

Petroglyphs.

Wendy smiles embarrasedly knowing she's gotten into a picture while Matt copies down petroglyph designs at one of several petroglyph sites in the Woods Mountains.

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Moonrise over the Woods Mountains.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005 from our campsite in Hole-in-the-Wall campground.

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The road to Lobo Point from Wild Horse Canyon.

Photograph taken October 15, 2005.

Wild Horse Canyon Road can just be seen at the extreme left in two little gray patches from the gravel the Park Service has spread on the road. The little dirt road coming diagonally across the photo is the road to Lobo Point. My plot in Salvia dorri was in the general vicinity of my 4Runner that is parked in the middle ground.


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Zzyzx

Main building.

Photograph taken 22 April 2010.

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Presentation by Steve Rowland of UNLV

Photograph taken 22 April 2010.

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The Zzyzx Road exit from Interstate 15

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Class at Desert Studies Center.

I've been privileged to stay at the Soda Springs Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx for several classes and field trips. In this photograph, Allan Schoenherr, author of A Natural History of California, leads an early morning field trip to examine traps set along a transect the previous night. For information about the center see, http://biology.fullerton.edu:80/facilities/zzyzx.html


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Date and time this article was prepared: 10/17/2014 1:18:22 PM