North American Deserts

Hidden Waters: Desert Springs is an artistic investigation that focuses on the reality of a finite resource – water as found in natural springs and their aquifers in the Mojave, Sonoran, Chihuahaun, and Great Basin deserts, as well as the Colorado Plateau. These images are an interpretation of the potential impact of climate change on these environments over time.

Having some of the richest diversity of plant and animal life on the planet, springs hold a unique ecological niche. Scientists have classified them into twelve types based on a numerous variety of categories such as: water composition, flow level, biotic integrity, geomorphology, human influence and indigenous cultural significance.

Desert springs are inherently fragile as the congruity of their habitat is easily damaged. While the need for their preservation and conservation is essential their importance is under recognized and poorly understood resulting in spring destruction and aquifer water loss due to mismanagement. With differing characters and predicaments desert springs are at an unseen turning point, time preserve them is running out. Protecting springs may prolong their lives and, in doing so our own as well.