<i>La Madre watches the tank

La Madre watches the tank

Seen rising in the distance, 8,154' La Madre (The Mother) Mountain watches over an unnamed tinaja or tank in the Calico Hills area of Red Rocks Canyon NCA in southern Nevada. It had snowed in Red Rocks earlier in the day, as a slight breeze ripples the water. About 65 million years ago, the colliding Pacific and North American continental plates pushed the older limestone of what is now La Madre up and over the younger Aztec sandstone of the Calico Hills. In the sometimes harsh climate of the Mojave Desert, these water pools mean survival to wildlife and plants. Although they might look inviting, please resist swimming in the pools. If only a few people jump in to cool off on a hot day, the natural oils, insect repellent and sunscreen can quickly accumulate in the water and render it poisonous to the animals that need to survive. March 16, 2008
on Jun 20, 2008 12:26 am
Image Type(s): Hiking,  Flora,  Informational,  Scenery,  Water
Image ID: 413815


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