"Nature does a tremendous job of planting," continued Hill, as we navigated some tight, narrow turns in the Tule reeds and made our way toward Owens Lake
. "The water has done all the heavy lifting."
Right, dust bowl left after aqueduct was used to drain water from Owens Lake
1 and 2, begun 2001), depicting the dry bed of Owens Lake
, a former 200-acre body drained to provide water for Los Angeles; The Mining Project (begun 1989) and American Mine (begun 2007), depicting massive open-pit mines; Terminal Mirage (Figs.
Ahead of us was the Owens River, sucked into a thin thread by Los Angeles and its need for water, and I could just glimpse the northern end of the shrinking Owens Lake
. Yet from the air, the land appeared indomitable, indifferent to our human squabbles and rapacious ways.
Last glacial maximum and Holocene lake levels of Owens Lake
, eastern California, USA.
Swansea in California was once a booming "silver town" on the eastern shore of Owens Lake
and owed its success to silver-mining operations in the nearby Cerro Gordo Mines in the late 1860s.
behind as water evaporated from the lake's surface made Owens Lake
Fremont which left from Bent's Fort on the Oregon Trail met up with Walker and Richard Owens in 1844, and it was Fremont who named Owens River, Owens Valley and Owens Lake
in honor of Owens' abilities.
, once a hundred square miles in size, lay in the 1890s "like a vast lidless eye" in the desert basin.
The valley is approximately 120 miles by six miles and is bisected by the Owens River that, until diverted to the aqueduct, dumped into the alkaline Owens Lake
. In 1920, prior to major land purchases by Los Angeles, there were just over 7,000 people in the valley; living on farms or in five small towns.
" Using aerial photography, David Maisel shows what Owens Lake
looks like with its water diverted to Los Angeles and a system of shallow flooding controlling pollution from windblown dust.