Analysis Of Michael Iverson, Virgin Mountains 2016. Where The Grand Canyon And Lake Mead Collide

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Photo By: Michael Iverson, Virgin Mountains 2016 Where the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead collide, sits an ecological and historical oasis. The Virgin Mountains stand tall in the background as waterfront views of Mead paint an unforgettable scene. This desert abode served as host for early prehistoric inhabitants, Native Americans, early pioneers, Spanish miners, and presently outdoor enthusiasts. Adventurists have the opportunity to explore over 800 miles of intertwining roads that braid the landscape. Gold Butte has remained one of Mojave 's most precious secrets for decades. This elegant desert hides only an hour and a half drive east of Las Vegas and just south of Mesquite, Nevada. Gold Butte 's ecosystem is comprised of diverse organisms, many of which are sacred and protected plants and animals. Joshua trees sit nestled deep in the mineral enriched sand, while the bighorn sheep and tortoise roam the vast desert terrain. The almost 350,000 acres of public land is sculpted with rugged mountains, sandstone outcroppings, yucca forests, slot canyons, and flat top mesas. Is it possible that a place with such a unique array of wildlife and history can exist and remain a secret? Unfortunately, due to many factors over the past 20 years, Gold Butte has been on center stage, but not just for tourism. The technological uses of smartphones, GPS, digital maps, the internet, and even social websites have made it inherently impossible to keep public lands a secret. However, Gold

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