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Dinosaurs in the Desert

Scupltures of Dinosaurs in Borrego

The Sculptures at Borrego Springs - The word is out – something more than desert wildflowers and the spectacular Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is attracting visitors to the Borrego Valley in Southern California. People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures here that are inspired by creatures that roamed this same desert millions of years ago. The artworks range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.

As you drive through the roads that weave through the area you'll see sculptures of wild horses in a nearby field, sabertooth tigers in pursuit, and desert tortoises that seem as if they're crawling through the brush. The artist, Ricardo Breceda, brings life to his sculptures by capturing each creature in motion. They are so still, yet all you see is movement. More...

Joel F. Hauser

Joel Hauser's Museum

The Man Who Discovered the Hauser Geodes - The name Joel F. Hauser is widely known among rock and gem collectors. He was active in the lapidary hobby over most of his life, as he started collecting and finishing rocks at a very early age, and is credited with the discovery of the Hauser Beds, the geode fields that bear his name.

On one of his collecting trips, Joel and his brother Howard met a pair of rockhounds from Imperial County, Dr. Warren Fox and Sam Payson. They camped together, and the next day Joel showed his new friends where he had found the geode beds. The men later shared this knowledge with others, telling them that Joel Hauser had shown them where to go. Thus the name of "Hauser" became permanently associated with the area. More...

The View from Above


Desert Skydiving in Arizona - From a rapidly descending view, there exists a very different world. Unlike the view from an airplane window, the rushing ground gives the earth a pulse. Even the immense becomes more vivid and tangible. Aphid trucks crawl along highway vines. Jeep trails are fallen strands of hair. Mountains are tousled bed sheets and waning splashes of crimson paint. The Colorado River is a geoglyphic serpent, coiled and waiting, held back by a cracker-thin dam to the east. The white noise of the wind covers any sound of the industrial age. For 60 seconds, the civilization below does not exist.

The southwestern deserts have become an ethereal mecca for skydivers. With almost 350 days of clear skies, our location draws jumpers from around the world, almost guaranteed the experience of doing what they love best. More...

The Range of Thermoneutrality

Staircade at Grand Canyon Caverns

Desert Animal Survival - Lack of water creates a survival problem for all desert organisms, animals and plants alike. But animals have an additional problem – they are more susceptible to extremes of temperature than are plants. Animals receive heat directly by radiation from the sun, and indirectly, by conduction from the substrate (rocks and soil) and convection from the air.

The biological processes of animal tissue can function only within a relatively narrow temperature range. When this range is exceeded, the animal dies. For four or five months of the year, the daily temperatures in the desert may actually exceed this range, called the range of thermoneutrality. Combined with the scarcity of life-sustaining water, survival for desert animals can become extremely tenuous. More...

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