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World-Wide-Walks / between earth & water / DESERTS
Chihuahuan Desert [ preview: 5 min / LINK to 3 screen ]

This project is conceived as a series of walks exploring
natural-cultural-virtual environments
in the four major deserts of North America:
Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran and Great Basin.
Walks in the Chihuahuan Desert include:
soaptree yucca plants as testaments to natural survival
in the desert ecosystem; fields of petroglyphs dating back
to the Ancestral Pueblo period (c. 1300 to 1600 CE);
and the location of the first Atomic Bomb detonated
in 1945 preceding Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
"Deserts, which account for the largest percentage of the Earth's terrestrial surface
area and a majority of the western North American landscape, are among
the ecosystems predicted to be the most sensitive to global change."
Physiological Ecology of North American Desert Plants