Kelso Depot Visitor Center hours
Kelso Depot Visitor Center is open Fridays through Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Beanery Lunch Counter is closed.
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Springs & Seeps: Marl Mtns (1:24,000)
MARL SPRING (MAR)
Marl Spring (trough, qanat, seep)
MOJA Spring IDs: MAMO1T, 1q, 1
General Location: Marl Mountains
Elevation: 1178 – 1187 m
Type of spring: Qanat, trough, seep
Vegetation: Veronica in water in sandy mud with Cyperaceae and starthistle. Centauria melitensis, coral flowers, at edges of wetland below tank in damp, sandy loam. Bromus. Mesquite in the upland.
Animal Use: bats
Aquatic biota: NA
Water quality: pH: 7.08, DO: 73.1 %, Conductivity: 611 (µS/cm), TDS: 297 mg/l, Salinity 0.3 (0/00)
Site Condition: highly disturbed
Type of disturbance: livestock, diversion
Type of infrastructure/diversion: Qanat is excavated diagonally into side of granite slope; vertical distance from water surface to slope surface is approximately 10’. About 3” above water line white mineral crystals have precipitated on some of the rocks. Qanat bottom is very rocky with cobbles and gravel, some sand. Top of pipe/diversion system is not visible. Volume in storage is approximately 30ft3. Some roots are still visible sticking through rock fractures from the dead mesquite directly above the qanat adit. Timbers leaning within adit enable access into the qanat.
Did You Know?
The Joshua tree forest along Cima Road is the largest in the world. Hike the Teutonia Peak trail to get a better look at the Joshua trees. More...