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[Resolved] Is La A Desert?

The third is that, yes, we import much of our water from wetter places like the Sierra Nevada and the Rockies, via rivers, dams and aqueducts 😉 The engineering, construction and operations expertise that keep us from going dry are marvels and should be the subject of our pride and awe, despite the scolding we sometimes get from our Northern California neighbours 🤓 We should also be proud of the fact that as our population has grown over the last 30 years, our water consumption has not 🔥 And we should be pleased that our local reservoirs will keep us in good shape through the dry summer and into what we hope will be a wetter winter. [1]
Though the city doesn’t get much rain, our mountains get plenty—some parts of the San Gabriels average forty inches of precipitation a year, comparable to Seattle. The source of the L.A. River is a huge natural aquifer, which is filled by mountain runoff. It lies below the San Fernando Valley. As historian Blake Gumprecht writes, “One can visualize the San Fernando Valley as a huge bowl filled with water that has been tipped slightly, causing its contents to overflow. That overflow created the Los Angeles River.” It also spawned the many springs, streams, aquifers, and ponds that comprise L.A.’s watershed. The Los Angeles Times notes, “The water table was so brimming that water gushed out of springs and from wells without needing to be pumped. In 1904, some 1,700 of these artesian wells dotted the L.A. Basin.” [2]
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Shanae Paredes, latimes.com, from sea level or thereabouts, much of Los Angeles feels flat and dry — like a desert. But take a steep hike to one of the looming peaks in the San Gabriel Mountains, and you’re rewarded with views that are both visually stunning and educational. Perched a mile above the city, you see vast alluvial fans and washes emanating from the mountains that are graded, dammed up and otherwise “controlled” in ways that shunt water Urbanization is possible by connecting to the ocean. Prior to the area’s buildup, this water was left to find its own way to the sea or fan out over the basins that would eventually be paved over and turned into tidy street grids. Even if precipitation over what would become Los Angeles wasn’t plentiful, the water that flowed from the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos was much more so, percolating into the aquifers beneath us and creating a wetter, vastly more complex landscape than we can imagine today. There’s a reason one of our major streets is called “La Cienega.” (revised by Raynisha Evans on October 5, 2020) [3]
Asia Kay, at kcet.orgToday, gentlemen: you can go out the door, turn right and hop on a streetcar to be in the Pacific Ocean within twenty-five minute. You can now swim in it. We live right next to the ocean, but also at the desert’s edge. Los Angeles is known as a desert town. Under every building is a desert. The dust that isn’t watered will build up around us and make it seem as if we haven’t ever existed. Jarret Barney of Mersin in Turkey, last revised 25 days ago [4]

Refer to the Article

  1. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-07-05/los-angeles-desertification
  2. https://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/this-is-not-la/
  3. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-07-09/think-los-angeles-is-a-desert-san-gabriel-mountains
  4. https://www.kcet.org/socal-focus/los-angeles-is-not-a-desert-stop-calling-it-one
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