• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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Springs & Seeps: Woods Mountain (1:24,000)

Black Diamond Spring
MOJA Spring ID(s): WOMO1
General Location:
Woods Mountain
Elevation:
1422 m
History: NA
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of Spring:
Tenaja
Vegetation:
NA
Animal Use:
Burros
Aquatic Biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
Yes
Discharge:
One small pool of water present at site.
Water quality: NA
Site Condition:
NA
Type of disturbance:
NA
Type of infrastructure/diversion:
NA
Photos:
Yes

Ford Lake
MOJA Spring ID:
WOMO2
General Location: Hackberry Mountain
Elevation: 1223 m
History: NA
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of spring:
Dry Lake
Vegetation:
Hoffmann seggia glauca (Ortega) Eifert “Indian Rush Pea”, Lupinus sp.
Animal Use: NA
Aquatic biota:
Yes
Ephemeral:
NA
Discharge:
NA
Water quality:
NA
Site Condition:
NA
Type of disturbance:
NA
Type of infrastructure/diversion:
Earth-bermed tank about 80’ diameter, although the general dimensions of the (dry) lakebed are beyond the 80’ diameter.
Photos: Yes

LANCE SPRING
Lance Spring, 2, 3
MOJA Spring IDs:
WOMO 3-5
General Location: Watson Wash
Elevation:
1217 - 1280 m
History:
NA
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of spring:
Wet weather seeps
Vegetation:
NA
Animal Use:
Bighorn sheep
Aquatic biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
NA
Discharge:
NA
Water quality:
NA
Site Condition:
undisturbed
Type of disturbance: none
Type of infrastructure/diversion:
none
Photos:
Yes

Twin Buttes
MOJA Spring ID(s): WOMO6
General Location:
Twin Buttes
Elevation:
1471 m
History: NA
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of Spring:
Rheocrene
Vegetation:
NA
Animal Use:
Cows, Burros
Aquatic Biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
NA
Discharge:
0.03125 gpm
Water quality:
NA
Site Condition:
NA
Type of disturbance:
NA
Type of infrastructure/diversion:
NA
Photos:
No

WATSON (WAT)
Watson Wash, Watson Well

MOJA Spring ID:
WOMO7, 7W
General Location:
Watson Wash
Elevation:
1402 & 1436 m
History:
NA
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of spring:
Well
Vegetation:
NA
Animal Use:
Cattle
Aquatic biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
no (well), yes (wash)
Discharge:
0.125 gpm (well)
Water quality:
NA
Site Condition:
highly disturbed
Type of disturbance:
livestock, diversion
Type of infrastructure/diversion:
well, trough
Photos:
Yes

Woods Mountain Spring
MOJA Spring ID: WOMO8
General Location:
Burro Canyon
Elevation: 1485 m
History: NA
Hydrogeology:
NA
Type of Spring:
Rheocrene
Vegetation:
Baccharis. Some patches of grass. Some patches of dry grass. At spring 90% of vegetation is not herbaceous.
Animal Use: Burros
Aquatic Biota:
NA
Ephemeral:
NA
Discharge:
The spring seeps from beneath the blackish, volcanic rock located just above the fenced area. The spring brook is almost stagnant. No noticeable stream of water flowing but flowing as if by capillary action along the rocks surface. Some pools of water outside burro fence.
Water quality: NA
Site Condition:
highly disturbed
Type of disturbance:
diversion, fenced, burros.
Type of infrastructure/diversion: Pipe was observed heading down the canyon below the spring, yet none was observed at the confluence of the two drainages.
Photos: No

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photo of kelso dunes

At about 600 feet in height, Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve are the third tallest in North America. When quantities of the sands move, they sometimes create a booming sound. Run down the slopes to try to make the dunes boom. More...