The Mojave : a portrait of the definitive American desert

by Darlington, David.

Format: Print Book 1996
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction F865.M65 D37 1996
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Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  F865.M65 D37 1996
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"The quintessential American desert - the most visible, the most vulnerable, the most emblematic, and the most misunderstood - is the Mojave. Stretching from the outskirts of Los Angeles to the psychic fringes of Las Vegas, it contains such archetypal American spots as Death Valley, Edwards Air Force Base, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Panamint Mountains (where the forty-niners found silver and the Manson family prepared for Helter Skelter). From the twisted silhouette of the Joshua tree to the pencil-straight blacktop of Route 66, the Mojave is a place of contradictions: a region of apparent openness that retains a palpable air of mystery; an empty, inhospitable land that has been thoroughly scoured by people; a stark and oppressive environment that dispenses a feeling of liberation. It encompasses not only intriguing natural history but stubborn human aspiration - a blue-skied, blue-jeaned kingdom of high-speed jet fighters and UFO watchers, dirt-bike racers and endangered tortoises, secret drug labs and health food preachers, nuclear waste dumps and nudist squatters, plucky ranchers and corporate gold miners."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Booklist Review: "No paean to the mystical beauty of the desert, Darlington's acute and informative inquiry into the natural and unnatural history of the Mojave, the "most filmed desert in the world," focuses on how people use and abuse this unique region stretching between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and enfolding the legendary Death Valley. The Mojave's official symbol is the spiny Joshua tree, but its unofficial symbol, according to Darlington, is the abandoned automobile. Ravaged by the mining industry and the military, the Mojave is also a dumping ground for everything from murder victims to radioactive waste, the proving ground for test pilots and thousands of dirt bike racers, and home to an inordinate number of secret drug laboratories. As Darlington travels this rough terrain and researches its often shocking legacies, he defines the Mojave's distinct ecological niche and summarizes the politics of its environmental issues, especially the battle over the desert tortoise. The Wild West is still wild, and the stakes get higher all the time. --Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The Mojave Desert is the realm of the Joshua tree, the desert tortoise, the high-speed jet fighter and the car. Once regarded as a vast wasteland and dumpsite, it is now seen as a refuge and recreation area; recently, it has become an environmental battleground. Darlington (In Condor Country) finds the Mojave overwhelming, both physically and psychologically, because of its sheer visual scale. He has written a sparkling narrative of the desert past and present, from the exurbs of Los Angeles to the fringes of Las Vegas. Darlington notes that 95% of the Mojave lies within three miles of some kind of road. Here is Death Valley, Edwards Air force Base, the Army's National Training Center, Joshua Tree National Park. Darlington writes about secret drug labs, UFO observers, nuclear waste dumps, miners and ranchers, endangered tortoises and dirt-bike racers. He gives a detailed account of the fight to limit the use of off-road vehicles, concluding with the passage of the California Desert Protection Act in 1994. Readers who enjoy the outdoors will find The Mojave a gem. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Darlington, David -- Travel -- Mojave Desert.
Mojave Desert -- Description and travel.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt and Co.,1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 337 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-325) and index.
ISBN 0805016317 (alk. paper)
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