Nazas

Nazas

(nä`säs), river, c.180 mi (290 km) long, rising in the Sierra Madre Occidental, Durango state, N Mexico, and flowing generally east to disappear into the ground near Torreón. During the wet season it usually inundates a vast desert basin and sometimes reaches Laguna de Mayran. With its control dams, it provides water for irrigating the Laguna dist.
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La region alberga, sin embargo, importantes zonas agricolas, gracias a los rios Nazas y Aguanaval, procedentes de la Sierra Madre Occidental en Durango y Zacatecas (Gonzalez et al., 2006).
Cincuenta y siete por ciento de los elementos endemicos en Durango presentan una distribucion localizada a dos areas: Sierra El Rosario (33) y Valle del Rio Nazas (14).
Los municipios con mayor porcentaje de especies son Mapimi (67%), Tlahualilo (61%) y Nazas (60%); mientras que los de menor porcentaje son San Luis del Cordero (28%), General Simon Bolivar y Ocampo (23%).
Four additional, undescribed species of Dionda have been reported (Schnohuth et al., 2012): two from Mexico (Dionda species 1 from the Conchos and Nazas river drainages, and Dionda species 2 from Ojo de Agua de San Juan in the Mezquital River drainage and from El Vergel Spring, also in the Mezquital drainage), and two from the USA (Dionda species 3 from the San Saba and Concho rivers in the northern Colorado River drainage, and Dionda species 4 from the upper Pecos River drainage in New Mexico).
Retired stuntman Joe Canutt recalls how on the set of "The Wild Bunch" in Mexico in 1968, director Sam Peckinpah coerced a terrified special effects engineer into rigging a bridge demolition over the Rio Nazas with enough dynamite "to blow us onto dry land," forcing Canutt to step in and insist the director reduce the firepower.