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Chicago Valley, looking south.

Photograph taken May 24, 2004.

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View of Shoshone from the east.

Photograph taken May 24, 2004.

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Is this a landslide?

Photograph taken May 24, 2004.

Every time I drive by this canyon at the very southeastern tip of the Funeral Mountains, I wonder whether it might be a landslide. Of course, I'll have to confess that I've not been sufficiently curious that I went to any effort to go look at it.

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Generalized tectonic setting of the Precambrian-Cambrian margin of North America.

Many have drawn this diagram. This one is patterned after Corsetti and Hagadorn (2003).

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  • Death Valley Geology -- A Botanist's View: 148160.
  • Inyo-White Geology -- A Botanist's View: 148160.
  • Eastern Mojave Geology -- A Botanist's View: 148160.

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Resting Spring Range

Photograph taken May 24, 2004.

This photograph is looking west from some small hills just west of Pahrump, Nevada. The little green sign in the center of the photo is the California state line.

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Tecopa Lake beds between Tecopa and Shoshone.

Photograph taken May 24, 2004.

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Southeastern tip of the Funeral Mountains.

Photograph taken May 24, 2004.

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Chicago Valley and the Resting Spring Range, looking north.

Photograph taken May 24, 2004.

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Amargosa River

Hanging Gardens at the Amargosa Gorge.

View looking south of the "hanging Gardens" that have formed when waterfalls flowed from the contact at the base of a conglomerate. These ancient cascades with mineral-rich "hard water" have left travertine onyx drapes that contain impronts of fossil vegetation.

The roadbed of theTonopah and Tidewater is seen in the middleground.

Photograph taken from the purplish outcrop of Zabriskie Quartzite.

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Looking north toward the Ibex Hills and Ibex Pass from the Amargosa River.

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The Amargosa River where it crosses California Highway 127.

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Big Pine

Blackbrush near Big Pine

Photograph taken April 27, 2009.

Klondike Lake is in the middleground, and the White Mountains in the distance.

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  • Glacier Lodge Road and West Crocker Street, Inyo County, California: at powerline.
  • A Bibliography on Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima): near Big Pine, CA.

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Blackbrush near Big Pine

Photograph taken April 27, 2009.

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  • Glacier Lodge Road and West Crocker Street, Inyo County, California: at powerline.
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Blackbrush near Big Pine

Photograph taken April 27, 2009.

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  • Glacier Lodge Road and West Crocker Street, Inyo County, California: at powerline.
  • A Bibliography on Blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima): near Big Pine, CA.

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Big Pine Fault

Fault near Crater Mountain

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

This fault appears to run from the northeast corner of the Poverty Hills into the Big Pine Fault on the south side of Crater Mountain. It is one piece of evidence often cited for the Poverty Hills being a pressure ridge.

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Field discussion of Big Pine Fault and Poverty Hills

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Cave Spring (Fort Irwin)

Cave Spring.

Between 1883 and 1887, Cave Spring was a water and rest stop for wagons loaded with borax from Death Valley (Vredenburgh, 1994). It also operated as an automobile rest stop on the main road to Death Valley from Barstow until the 1920s.

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Chalfant Quarry

Chalfant Quarry in Bishop Ash

Photograph taken April 26, 2009.

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China Ranch

China Ranch Date Farm.

Great place to stop for a Date Shake.

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Coso Junction

Coso Junction

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns

Plaque at Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns
In June 1873, Colonel Sherman Stevens built a sawmill and flume on Cottonwood Creek high in the Sierras directly west of this spot. The flume connected with the Los Angeles Bullion Road. The lumber from the flume was used for timbering in the mine and buildings, and the wood was turned into charcoal in these kilns, then hauled to Stevens Wharf east of here on Owens Lake. There it was put on the steamer the "Bessie Brady," or the "Mollie Stevens," hauled directly across the lake, and from there wagons took it up the "Yellow Grade" to Cerro Gordo Mine, high in the Inyo Mountains above Keeler. M. W. Belshaw's furnace had used all the available wood around Cerro Gordo and the charcoal was necessary to continued production.
The bullion which was then taken out by the reverse of this route was hauled to Los Angeles on Remi Nadeau's 14, 16, 18 animal freight wagons and played a major part in the building of that little pueblo into the city of today.
Plaque originally dedicated in 1955 by the California Eastern Sierra Museum Association. Plaque stolen in 1970. Recovered by Inyo County Sheriff's Dept. Rededicated May 15, 1976.
Slim Princess Chapter No. 395
E. Clampus Vitus

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Remains of adobe charcoal kilns.

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Cottonwood Creek

Water treatment plant near Cottonwood Creek.

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Crater Mountain

Crater Mountain, as seen from Klondike Lake

Photograph taken April 27, 2009.

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Death Valley

The Nelson Range east of Cerro Gordo.

Photograph taken July 16, 2005.

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Vegetation in Little Sand Spring

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

I assumed that the Sisyrinchium was S. halophilum. Of course, if I had looked at the Jepson Manual later, I learned it could have also been S. funereum.

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General view of Little Sand Spring

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Scotty's Castle in northern Death Valley.

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Death Valley Museum

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The sign and teakettle at Teakettle Junction.

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View into the most northern end of Death Valley

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Foothills of the Grapevine Mountains along Death Valley Road

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Tin Mountain from Ubehebe Crater

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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General view of Sand Spring

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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General view south into Death Valley.

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Crankshaft Crossing

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Death Valley Road climbs the Last Chance Range

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Telescope Peak as seen from Dante's View

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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Northern end of Death Valley.

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

Crankshaft Crossing is at the road junction in the left middleground.

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General view of Crater

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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  • Crater, Inyo County, California

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Death Valley Road traverses the Last Chance Range

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Death Valley as seen from the Last Chance Range.

Photograph taken October 7, 2000. Ubehebe Crater is in the center of the photograph.

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Blackbrush vegetation at Emigrant Pas

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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Mesquite Spring Campground

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Northern part of Death Valley from Ubehebe Crater

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Dry Mountain from Ubehebe Crater

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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Lowest point on California State Highway System, 242 feet below sea level.

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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Looking west from Emigrant Pass

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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Looking east from Emigrant Pass

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

The canyon at right is Wood Canyon.

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Looking up (East) into Nemo Canyon

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

The mountain at right is Wildrose Peak.

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Looking down (West) Nemo Canyon

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

The Argus Range is seen in the distance.

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Wildrose Spring

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

There are picnic tables under the trees.

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Wildrose Spring

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

There are picnic tables under the trees.

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Wildrose Graben

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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The Billie Borate mine near Death Valley.

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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Corkscrew Peak from the valley floor.

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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  • California Highway 190: 36499.

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Death Valley salt pan and alluvial fan from Dante's View.

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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A bright clear morning at Dante's View

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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Death Valley Junction

The Amargosa Opera House at Death Valley Junction.

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Bill Walsh and a T&T Ten-Wheeler

This photograph was sent to me by Nancy Walsh Herring. She writes, "My grandfather worked the Tonopah & Tidewater RR in the 1930's. I have attached a photo to this email of my grandfather, William (Bill) James Walsh standing next to the T&T (he is the one to the right). He lived at Death Valley Junction and my father and grandfather erected the flag pole that is still at Death Valley Junction today. My grandfather and father are both deceased and I am doing research on their lives. I thought you might enjoy an early picture." The location of the photograph is unknown.

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Deep Springs Valley

Geology field trip at an interesting outcrop.

Photograph taken 12-May-07.

The locality across the road looks like a tight synclinal fold.

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  • California Highway 168: 19900.

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Intermittent lake in Deep Springs Valley.

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Deep Springs College in the distance.

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Dumont Dunes

Dumont Dunes, as seen from California Highway 127

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Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain in the Amargosa River Valley.

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El Paso Mountains

Sheep Tank

Field discussion of recent work in the Goler Formation of the El Paso Mountains.

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Sheep Tank

This was a field trip stop to review recent work in the Goler Formation.

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Eureka Valley

Eureka Valley with the sand dunes at the south end.

Photograph taken October 6, 2000.

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Fish Slough

Fish Slough

Photograph taken April 26, 2009.

View looking north, White Mountains at right.

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Fish weir in Fish Slough

Photograph taken April 26, 2009.

Steve Parmenter of California Fish and Game tells us about the custom fish weir intended to exclude large mouth bass from the pool with pupfish.

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Petroglyphs at Fish Slough

Photograph taken April 26, 2009.

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Spring at Fish Slough

Photograph taken April 26, 2009.

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Cow camp at Fish Slough

Photograph taken April 26, 2009.

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Fish Slough from Casa Diablo Mine Road

Photograph taken April 27, 2009.

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  • Casa Diablo Mine Road, Mono County, and Casa Diablo Road, Inyo County, California: at s. edge.

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Garlock

Group from the San Bernardino Museum learns the history of studies of the Garlock Fault

A group from the San Bernardino Museum learns the history of studies of the Garlock Fault from George I. Smith of the U. S. Geological Survey. George's article, as well as the field trip guide used by this group can be found in Calzia and Reynolds (1998), which is available from the San Bernardino County Museum.

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  • Garlock Road, Central Mojave Desert, California: in Garlock.
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Inyo County

Looking North Along U. S. Highway 395 Near Nine Mile Canyon.

U. S. Highway 395 climbs the grade north out of Indian Wells Valley to Little Lake and Rose Valley. Red Hill can be seen in the distance.

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  • U. S. Highway 395: 56500.

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Inyo Mountains

Little Cow Horn Valley

Photograph taken October 6, 2000.

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Inyo Mountains from Fish Springs Road

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

Looking at possible source area for Poverty Hills, if they are indeed a landslide deposit.

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Joshua trees in Joshua Flats, Inyo County, California

Photograph taken October 6, 2000.

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Waucoba Saline Road

Photograph taken October 6, 2000.

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Looking into Owens Valley from Death Valley Road

Photograph taken October 7, 2000.

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View west of Little Cow Horn Valley

Photograph taken April 23, 2008.

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So, is the road closed? Or Not?

Photograph taken October 6, 2000.

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Kingston Range

Kingston Range from the northwest.

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  • Smith Talc Road - Eastern Mojave Desert: Junction:.

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Canyon in the Kingston Mountains.

In May 1998, I hiked up into this canyon in search of Kingston Mountains Ivesia (Ivesia patellifera). The purpose was to collect a fresh specimen for DNA studies by Barbara Ertter who studies this genus. It took me over an hour to climb up the boulder-strewn and rattlesnake-infested wash to the place shown here. Unfortunately, I chickened out when faced with climbing the slick rock face on the left. Back in the Herbarium, looking at this picture, we decided that I had walked right past the Ivesia, and didn't see it. Oh well ... maybe next year.

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  • Smith Talc Road - Eastern Mojave Desert: 30000.

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Looking down toward the Beck Spring Mine in the Kingston Range.

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Kingston Range as seen from Excelsior Mine Road.

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Kingston Range, seen from Kingston Road, just north of Valley Wells.

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Kingston Range as seen in late afternoon from Emigrant Pass.

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Klondike Lake

Klondike Lake

Photograph taken April 27, 2009.

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Last Chance Range

Crater, former mining town.

Photograph taken October 7, 2000.

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  • Crater, Inyo County, California

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Valley on east side of Last Chance Range.

Photograph taken October 7, 2000. Crankshaft Junction is just below the ridge at bottom right.

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View of Last Chance Range across the Eureka Valley

Photograph taken October 6, 2000.

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Hanging Rock Canyon

Photograph taken October 7, 2000.

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View of unknown mine from Last Chance Mountain.

Photograph taken October 7, 2000.

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Lone Pine

Portagee Joe Campground near Lone Pine

Photograph taken June 1, 2009

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Lone Pine Fault

Lone Pine Fault

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Lone Pine Fault

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Pangborne Lane at US Hwy 395, location of paleoseismic investigation by trenching

Photograph taken May 31, 2009

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Magruder Mountain

Magruder Mountain, as seen from the Last Chance Range to the southwest.

Photograph taken October 7, 2000.

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Mesquite Mountains

The Mesquite Mountains seen from the vicinity of Keany Pass.

While I did not recognize it when I photographed the mountain, I believe the Mesquite Mountains Thrust can be seen in the lower left.

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Mono Basin

Mono Basin and other nearby areas with floristic research

Map drawn 10-Feb-2010.

This map is intended to show areas near the Mono Lake Basin where other floristic research has been done.

  • Bodie Hills: Messick, T. H. 1982. Flora and phytogeography of the Bodie Hills of Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada, USA. M. A. Thesis. Arcata, California: Humboldt State University.
  • Hall RNA:
    • DeSante, David. 1986. A field test of the variable circular-plot censusing method in a Sierran subalpine forest habitat. The Condor. 88(2):129-142.
    • Woolfenden, Wallace B. 1992. Harvey Monroe Hall Natural Research Area Management Plan. August 1992.
  • Mammoth: Howald, Ann M. 1989. Vegetation and Flora of the Mannoth Mountain Area. pp. 48-96 in Hall, Clarence A., Jr., Victoria Doyle-Jones, and Barbara Widawski. White Mountain Research Station Symposium. Natural History of Eastern California and High-altitude Research. Volume 3. Bishop, California: University of California, September 1989.
  • Sweetwater Mountains:
    • Hunter, K. B., and R. E. Johnson. 1983. Alpine flora of the Sweetwater Mountains, Mono County, California. Madrono. 30(4):89-105.
    • Lavin, M. 1983. Floristics of the upper Walker River, California and Nevada. Great Basin Naturalist. 43(1):93-130.
  • White Mountains:
    • Lloyd, Robert M., and Richard S. Mitchell. 1973. A Flora of the White Mountains, California and Nevada. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
    • Morefield, James D., Dean Wm. Taylor, and Mary DeDecker. 1988. Vascular Flora of the White Mountains of California and Nevada: An Updated, Synonymized Working Checklist. pp. 310-364 in Hall, Clarence A., Jr and Victoria Doyle-Jones, 1988. The Mary DeDecker Symposium, University of California, White Mountain Research Station.. Plant Biology of Eastern California.

All of the data came from the ESRI Maps & Data DVD.

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Panamint Mountains

Panamint Mountains and Telescope Peak from Panamint Valley Road.

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Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley and Panamint Range

Photograph taken 2-May-07.

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Northern Panamint Valley from Saline Valley Road.

The dunes are in the left middle ground, with Lake Hill and a dry lake in the center. Telescope Peak of the Panamint Range are in the background.

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Poverty Hills

Poverty Hills from north on Fish Springs Road

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Queen Valley

US Highway 6 north through Queen Valley to Montgomery Pass

Photograph taken 11-May-07.

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Racetrack

Rock on The Racetrack

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Rock on The Racetrack.

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Rock on The Racetrack

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The Racetrack from Cerro Gordo.

Photograph taken July 16, 2005.

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The Racetrack and the Grandstand.

The Grandstand is an outcrop of resistant syenite surrounded by playa deposits, and thus would be termed an "inselberg."

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The Racetrack as seen from a distance.

The Racetrack is a dry lake, or playa, which is normally dry, but can be wet or be covered by several inches of water after a rainstorm. The valley containing the playa is called a bolson, which means purse in Spanish. Many geomorphic terms in the southwestern United States are Spanish in origin.

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Red Hill

Red Hill along US Hwy 395

Photograph taken April 25, 2009.

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Rock Units

Rough correlation of rock units between western, central , and eastern regions of the southern Great Basin.

From Stewart, 1970.

Ediacaran-Cambrian strata in the Great Basin of Nevada and California were deposited on the western margin of Laurentia (present coordinates) during the rift-drift transition, with the strata at Mount Dunfee representing one of the most distal, carbonate-dominated sections that is preserved. The Ediacaran to lower Cambrian Deep Spring Formation consists of three members: the Dunfee (lower), Esmeralda (middle), and Gold Point (upper) Members, which are also exposed in the White-Inyo Mountains (Smith, at al., 2016).

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  • Inyo-White Geology -- A Botanist's View: 148160.

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Shoshone

Nighthawks in Shoshone.

Photograph taken 1-May-07.

I assume these were Lesser Nighthawks, flying in the lights over Shoshone.

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Moonrise over Shoshone

Photograph taken 1-May-07.

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Dugout in "Castles of Clay"

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Downtown Shoshone in the early morning.

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Tule Spring

Tule Spring, Alexander Hills in background.

This oasis may be formed by fine-grained materials dammed by vegetation in the low gradient California Valley.

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Walker Pass

Walker Pass on a windy Spring afternoon.

The historical plaque at Walker Pass reads as follows:

Walker's Pass

Discovered by Joseph R. Walker, American trail-blazer, who left the San Joaquin Valley through this pass in 1834. This area was traversed by topographer Edward M. Kern, after whom the Kern River was named, while accompanying the Fremont expedition of 1845. After 1860 it became a mining freight route to Owens Valley.

Dedicated April 25, 1937. Marker placed by Bakersfield Parlor No. 42 N.S.G.W., El Tejon Parlor No. N.S.G.W., Kern County Chamber of Commerce. State registered landmark No. 99.

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Westgard Pass

Westgard Pass.

Westgard Pass is the only east-west route through the White-Inyo Mountains, and is the dividing line between the two mountain ranges.

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White Mountains

Hiking in the lower part of Coldwater Canyon

Photograph taken 13-May-07 in Coldwater Canyon.

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Canyon ascending to Westgard Pass

Photograph taken 12-May-07.

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Boundary Peak (left) and Montgomery Peak (right) from Queen Valley.

Photograph taken 11-May-07.

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Tres Plumas Flat from the bottom of Furnace Creek.

Photograph taken 11-May-07.

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Location that Sclerocactus polyancistrus was found.

Photograph taken 11-May-07.

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  • Furnace Creek Road: 28300.

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Partially-developed desert pavement on terrace above Furnace Creek

Photograph taken 11-May-07.

The second terrace above the wash had a partially developed desert pavement. A large boulder of granite is in left-center, partially decomposed. It was on this terrace that we found several specimens of Sclerocactus polyancistrus.

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  • Furnace Creek Road: 28100.

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Fish Lake Valley and the Silver Peak Range from Furnace Creek.

Photograph taken 11-May-07.

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Wyman Creek in "Wyman Canyon"

Photograph taken 12-May-07.

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View west from Coldwater Canyon to the Sierra Nevada

Photograph taken 13-May-07.This view looks west across Chalfant Valley and Fish Slough, the Volcanic Tableland, to the Sierra Nevada. I think Wheeler Ridge is in the center, Pine Creek Canyon to left of Center, and Mount Tom is on the left.

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Looking into the main part of Coldwater Canyon from a side canyon

Photograph taken 13-May-07 in Coldwater Canyon. A good trail around an area of shrub-choked stream can be seen on the opposite (south) bank.

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Hiking in the lower part of Coldwater Canyon

Photograph taken 13-May-07 in Coldwater Canyon.

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Upper portion of a side canyon to Coldwater Canyon.

Photograph taken 13-May-07 in Coldwater Canyon. The long straight floor of the canyon occurs at the contact between two formations.

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View into Wyman Canyon

Photograph taken 12-May-07.

"Wyman Canyon" is not recognized by the GNIS, but is a name commonly applied to the canyon containing Wyman Creek.

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Hiking in the lower part of Coldwater Canyon

Photograph taken 13-May-07 in Coldwater Canyon.

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Field trip stop at Gilbert Summit

Photograph taken 11-May-07.

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Zabriskie

Borax Spring at Zabriskie.

During the summer months, borax from Death Valley was processed here and shipped on the Tonopah and Tidewater railroad.

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Date and time this article was prepared: 10/27/2017 8:41:26 PM