Re: "Sink Of The Amargosa River"


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Posted by Dezdan on May 13, 2003 at 00:50:25:

In Reply to: "Sink Of The Amargosa River" posted by James on May 12, 2003 at 12:43:35:

Neither the 1908 nor the 1910 Furnace Creek Quadrangle Topographic maps have the words "Sink Of The Amargosa River". Both just have the word "Salt Flat" marked. However, I have heard the valley commonly referred to as the "Sink Of The Amargosa River" several times before. In their 1998 General Management Plan, DVNP stated the following about the Upper Ibex area, "Dominated by the dry sink of the Amargosa River, the landscape consists mostly of sand, salt, and the low Ibex Hills."

In 1875, 3 years after his death, Benjamin Parke Avery's book, Californian Pictures in Prose and Verse, was published. The book contained Mr. Avery's "word-sketches" which reflect back to his travel throughout California during the period. In his own words, this is what Mr. Avery had to say about Death Valley:

"In the same region, lying partly in San Bernardino and partly in Inyo counties, between Owen's Lake and the Nevada line, is Death Valley. This remarkable depression is the lower sink of the Amargosa River, and, although situated in the high Sierra, it is actually one hundred and fifty feet below the level of the sea. The soil is a thick bed of salt, and, doubtless, the depression was formerly occupied by a lake. All the salt lakes of the region we have described have marked in terraces their former larger dimensions, and are evidently in process of gradual extinction."

So the words "Sink Of The Amargosa River" are known to span more the a century...

~Dezdan


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