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2023 Desert Symposium will be held at the Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx:
Meeting April 21-22, field trip April 23-24, overnighting at Zzyzx the 23rd.


Theme: Mining Impacts in the Desert Southwest

Mining profoundly effects the desert including infrastructure, hydrology, flora and fauna, recovery of mined areas, contamination, economics, and historical context of mining through the years (including prehistorical mining!). As usual, talks and posters related to the theme are encouraged but any presentation having to do with deserts is welcome.



Feb 1, 2023        Paper and abstract submission
Feb 15, 2023      Reynolds Award Application and letter of recommendation submission
March 1, 2023    Revised paper submission
March 18, 2023  Registration


David Lee, 2023 Keynote Speaker

David Lee

David Lee is an independent rock art researcher focusing on the function and context of Native American rock art of western North America and the rock art and associated traditional knowledge of northern Australia. He is a founding member of Western Rock Art Research. David has written or coauthoried many papers, reports and books on the Mojave Desert, eastern California, and Australia including "Rock Art East of the Range of Light."


SHARE YOUR RESEARCH: Original and previously unpublished scientific research papers relating to the Mojave Desert or any subject involving any desert are welcome. All papers submitted will be peer-reviewed for relevance to desert topics and scientific content before acceptance.

TOPICS: geology, biology, botany, ecology, archaeology, hydrology, paleontology, tectonics, climate, history, mining, mineralogy, conservation, desert resource management

CARPOOLING! All of us will be carpooling during some or all of the field trip. To the extent possible, please make arrangements to carpool before the meeting with people who you know will be going on the field trip.

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