Seasonal Contrasts in the Eastern Mojave Desert
ARMY NATICK LABS MA EARTH SCIENCES LAB
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Winter and summer seasons in the eastern Mojave Desert are compared in this report, using time-lapse photographic techniques to record seasonal contrasts at nine selected locations. The identical field-of-view from each site, for each season, is printed in full color to realistically portray the differences between the hot and cool periods of the year. Supplementing the photography are narrative descriptions of each landscape, data for the atmospheric conditions at the time of each visit, locational information, and large-scale planimetric views of the local region in the form of aerial photographs and maps. Also included is an introductory section containing information relative to field techniques and equipment used in developing the study, as well as brief chapters dealing with the climate, topography, and vegetation of the Majave Desert. Military implications of seasonal changes are emphasized, with comments relative to contrasts in vegetation coloration, visibility, ground surface conditions, and trafficability. Results of this research indicate that there are significant seasonal differences in the physical appearance of much of the desert vegetation in the Mojave Desert.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography