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Roger Riordan: Visit to Berkeley 1964-65

One of our major excursions was to Death Valley, and back through the Sequoia National Forest. We drove east past Sacramento over the Sierra Nevada to Reno, and then down the east side of the Sierra past Mono Lake to Lone Pine, where we turned off for Death Valley. On the way in we looked at some old wood-fired kilns (used, I think, to smelt gold bearing ore?). The effect of these on the environment is obvious - there are no trees which could conceivably be used for wood anywhere remotely near them.

We spent several days in Death Valley, which is one of the lowest spots on the continent, and is remarkable for the brilliant colours of the sand, and the dryness, as the valley is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada, and the rainfall is extremely small and erratic. However there is a small but healthy population of endemic Desert Pupfish in a short length of permanently flowing stream in one of the lowest points.

Kilns

Peter

Peter

Dunes

Cholla cactus

Flowers

Peter

Dune

Grave

Fish

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