a little something extra

a little something extra

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Flooding in the Desert

These are a few shots of one of the "dry" washes running in full spate from two inches rain we had the ten days before Christmas last month.    The desert soil is like concrete and water doesn't always soak in, a lot of it runs off, flowing down to Lake Mead, which rose TWO FEET within a week.  Incredible.

These photos were shot by one of my co-workers...thanks Kim!

Main wash from a distance; Lava Butte is on the left.  It's peak is about 2500 feet above the desert, an old cinder cone.  The mountains in the background are totally obscured by fog.

A little closer.
Do you see the striped earth in the back?  That's layers of sandstone and lava heaved up by plate techtonics.
We are very seismically active here in Las Vegas, with over fifty fault zones.

Rainwater pouring into the big wash that dumps into the Lake.


Cara n Crew said...

Beautiful pictures! The desert is a really beautiful landscape. I didn't realize that Las vegas was, er, faulty, lol!

Old Kitty said...

My goodness!! That is some rainwater!! Fabulous pics!!! I like the couple with the brolly watching - they're dwarfed in comparison!!

Take care

Kea said...

The landscape colours are much more varied than I imagined, actually. Loved the photos!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

I love desert landscapes more & more as I get older. (Maybe it's symbolic of drying out????)
Great pictures. Interesting how nature works.

ABBY said...

Very interesting and not what I had pictured for Nevada!

TK and Squashies said...

Awesome pictures. It's wild how the mother deals with extremes.