Desert Water

Desert Water

by Mark Lisk, William Fox
     
 

When we think of the desert, we almost never associate it with water. Rather we define it by the very absence of water. Yet the desert was carved by water-canyons, arroyos, ravines, chasms, washes-and water, in any amount, is the desert's most precious and mysterious commodity. Small creeks flow at night, but dry up and disappear during daylight hours, only to

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When we think of the desert, we almost never associate it with water. Rather we define it by the very absence of water. Yet the desert was carved by water-canyons, arroyos, ravines, chasms, washes-and water, in any amount, is the desert's most precious and mysterious commodity. Small creeks flow at night, but dry up and disappear during daylight hours, only to return when the sun goes down. And after torrential rains, entire rivers can form with small fish appearing out of what had been only a dusty streambed. Small springs can support a variety of wildlife as well as pinyon, juniper trees, and yuccas. These hydro-miracles are chronicled in this new full-color book by landscape photographer MARK LISK and author WILLIAM FOX. In his fascinating essay, Fox examines water and its role in the North American desert, covering rivers, trapped water pockets, oases, freshwater lakes, salt and alkali lakes, and lake beds left by ancient floods in the five major desert regions in North America: the Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran, Colorado Plateau, and Chihuahuan.
 
Five deserts, four seasons, and informative text and captions give the reader a deeper understanding of the western deserts of North America. Plant are named with both common and scientific names. Photo notes provide useful information to the striking images in the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558688582
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 13.44(h) x 0.61(d)

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Desert Water


By Mark Lisk and William Fox

Graphic Arts Books

ISBN: 9781558688582

Most of the desert lands in North America are relatively young, dating from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, when global temperatures warmed, the glaciers of the Pleistocene retreated, and much of the water in the West dried up. Nevada and Utah were once mostly covered with shallow lakes, of which Pyramid Lake north of Reno and the Great Salt Lake are the largest remants. Using a canoe during the Pleistocene, and with only a few portages, you could have paddled from Reno in the west to Salt Lake City in the east, a distance of 520 miles by interstate freeway.



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Meet the Author

Mark Lisk is a professional photographer who has several books in print bearing his name. His photographic work also appears in Natonal Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated for Kids, corporate publications and nationally recognized calendars. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts. He and his wife Jerri have a gallery in Boise, Idaho.

William L. Fox is a Silver Pen Award winner from the Nevada Writers' Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books on natural landscape and the photography of natural landscapes, and more than a dozen books of poetry. His poems and articles have appeared in more than sixty publications and journals, and he is the founder of the West Coast Poetry Review and Press.  Fox has been an artist-in-residence in the states of Nevada and Washingon; and associate; deputy, and executive director of the Nevada State Council on the Arts.Currently he is Director of Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada.

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