Eastern Mojave Vegetation Grass Valley Route - Central Mojave Desert  

Tom Schweich  

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• Granite Wells Road:  Blackwater Well;

Locations: Blackwater Well.
Full Size ImageBlackwater Well with Almond Mountain in the background.  

Blackwater Well

  • Granite Wells Road

Blackwater Well with Almond Mountain in the background.

Literature Cited:
- Oskin, Michael, and Alex Iriondo, 2004.  

The middle portion of this route follows the Blackwater Fault. Oskin and Oriondo (2004) found offset basalt flows in the Black Hills to the north of 0/3-1.8 km dated 7.231.07 Ma. Two different and distinct episodes of faulting were found in the Black Mountains to the southeast.

Full Size ImagePilot Knob seen from the "Grass Valley" route.  
Pilot Knob

Full Size ImageSquaw Cabbage (Streptanthus inflatus) along the Grass Valley Route.  
A portion of this route threads the boundary between the China Lake Naval Weapons Station and the Grass Valley Wilderness. This portion is known informally as the "Northwest Passage" as it is the only route through this area and avoids a lengthy detour. The Navy has built a stout barbed wire fence along the border, with a ditch and a berm just inside. These Squaw Cabbage (Streptanthus inflatus) have found the berm to be a preferred habitat, and are very grateful to the Navy.

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Date and time this article was prepared: 7/13/2024 8:01:09 AM