Monday, April 11, 2011

Parched Earth

Water - source of life

Having recently traveled in areas where water is rather scarce and also living in California where we are continuously reminded that water is becoming a priced commodity, I want to share with you a photobook that I published last year. 

Death Valley is a National Park located east of the Sierra Nevada in the arid Great Basin of the United States. The park covers 5.262 square miles of valleys and mountain ranges. It is the hottest and driest of the national parks in the US. The park is home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment. The climate is extreme, with high temperatures of 120 degrees F in the summer and a low of 88 degree F in the winter. Death Valley is the driest spot in North America with rainfall of 1.5 – 2 inches per year. The sand dunes in the northern part of Death Valley are as famous as the area of the saltpan at Badwater, 282 feet below sea level. Since the prevailing winds shift from north in the summer to south in the winter, the sand dunes change constantly but on average remain in the same location.

As in other arid zones, the sand dunes in Death Valley shown in this collection of images are an example for landscape deprived of water. Lack of rainfall and the shifting sand buries even the hardiest of vegetation and desertification sets in. It has a stark beauty for the traveler. But as desertification on the planet increases and growing population stresses the earth water supplies, do Death Valley and other desert areas on the globe foreshadow how the planet will look in the future?

Water is a source of life and we can’t survive without it.

Ancient civilizations have lived for centuries in areas with little water. The petroglyphs in Death Valley and other arid regions of the globe bear witness. Only if modern society realizes that we need to live in balance with Nature can we assure long terms survival of humanity.

I hope you enjoyed this preview of the "Parched Earth" photo book.

This book can be purchased from