• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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Springs & Seeps: Desert Spring (1:24,000)

Desert Spring
MOJA Spring ID:
DESP1
General Location: Fenner Valley
Elevation: 982 m
History: NA
Hydrogeology:
Spring type is a forced “rheocrene.” No facultative or obligate wetland plant species are present. “Spring” is located adjacent to wash on the E-NE side of the outcrop. It appears that water source completely comes from infiltration from the highly fractured granite outcrop.
Type of spring: Seep
Vegetation: Schismus, Lepidium probably lasiocarpa Rock crevices above impoundment have Lotus rigidus, Amsinkia tesselata, Nicotiana, Cryptantha barbigera in crevice of lower (front) dam face. Pectocarya platycarpa ;Lotus humistratus 5 m below dam in cobbley gravel; Cryptantha pterocarya in sandy, gravelly outwash from boulders, Eschscholzia minutiflora in main sandy wash with Cryptantha and Gilia; Small, white, salveriform corolla; divided, basal leaves with cobwebby hairs; Europpapus lyndleyi under Acacia greggii on raised, sandy bench in wash with Erodium; Camissonia clavaeformis in sandy wash and on gravelly slope—west facing. Eriogonum inflatum var. deflatum in wash; Cryptantha probably maritima next 6 plants on west facing gravelly sand slope. Willow herb looking thing with red, basal leaves. White daisy belly flower; White 5-petal brown dots daisy flower; Porophyllum gracile next to rock—woody; Plantago ovate; Phacecelia crenulata. In flat sandy area growing up out of Ambrosia Chaenactis in sandy level area.
Animals Use: NA
Aquatic biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
probably
Discharge:
NA
Water quality:
NA
Site Condition:
moderately disturbed
Type of disturbance:
damned
Type of infrastructure/diversion: Mucked dam site - 1940 concrete dam.
Photos: Yes

Did You Know?

photo of mojave mound cactus bloom

Mojave National Preserve was established in 1994 through the California Desert Protection Act. Now managed by the National Park Service, the area was known as the East Mojave Scenic Area, under the Bureau of Land Management.