Northern-most major flood channel of Mojave River in the fan-delta south of Soda Lake, 1-21-11, along the route paralleling the old T&T Railroad grade - eastern edge of Rasor OHV area.
A small south to north meander in the previous flood channel, probably created by the common route passages across the channel.
Crossing another flood channel, south of the previous one.
View to west along the previous flood channel. The sediments here are well cemented and hard.
Another view of previous channel showing the cut-bank. Notice stones across channel near top of view (see next).
These are those stones seen in the previous image. They are along the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad grade, and presumably were placed to stabilize the railroad berm back in 1905-6.
Yet another Mojave River flood channel, as I continue south.
The persistent Harvester Ants reclaiming territory in the wash.
Yet another flood channel, as I move south. View is to east towards Soda Lake and Old Dad Mountain.
Same channel as previous, looking westward towards Afton Canyon and Cave Mountain.
Scour on north edge of the previous channel.
Large dessication polygons in that depression. The "peds" are about 3 inches thick!
The southern-most major flood channel in the Mojave River flood plain. This is the one which likely brought flood waters into the Crucero site this year.
Flooded depression along UPRR, between Crucero and Balch.
Sahara Mustard and Mediterranean Grass (both non-native invasive species) in Kelso wash, just south of the Balch Clim Met site.
Burrow entrance from a Desert Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys deserti) near the Balch Clim Met site. There was abundant evidence of kangaroo rat activity in the area, and this activity contributes in some way to exposed and loosened sediments in an area otherwise fairly covered by vegetation.