Beat the heat and join us on June 28th for the next Water Roots event, organized with Sky Island Alliance and hosted by Public Brewhouse (209 N Hoff Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705).
Brown Bag Seminar - Hidden Water: The Fresh Water Pozos of the Gran Desierto
Dr. Ben Wilder, Director, Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill
The Gran Desierto region of the Sonoran Desert is the largest extent of sand dunes in North America. An array of freshwater springs, or pozos, punctuate the salt flats where the dunes meet the sea. Unresolved in origin, and essential to countless species, their waters rise up inextricably out of the dunes. This transdisciplinary collaboration between a botanist, hydrologist, and artist seeks to document the origin of the pozo's water, determine how long it has resided below the dunes, and show how the pozo's and the riparian vegetation they support has changed through time. Likewise, the project, a part of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers 6&6 art-science collaboration (nextgensd6and6.com) will document this wide range of dependent themes as part of the 6&6 art show at the UAMA opening in January 2019. From the traditional salt pilgrimage of the Tohono O'odham people, to nesting raptors, generations of cottonwood trees, and the future of water in the binational Sonoran Desert desert; these springs are central to the larger story of how humanity interacts with water in the arid west.
Photo: Ben Johnson
Water Roots - Water Beats: Reflections in Water and Music
Special Seminar - Food, Water, and Energy in the Arava Valley: Turning Disadvantage to Advantage in the Hyper-arid climate of the Region
The Arava Valley is a sparsely populated region in southern Israel. Its hyper-arid climate produces less than one inch of rain a year and its temperatures reach 115° to 120° f in the summer.