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A photographic study of the arid but water-shaped Southwest of America. Features color photographs from Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico and… Read More
A photographic study of the arid but water-shaped Southwest of America. Features color photographs from Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico and includes such areas as Valley of Fire, Red Rock, Zion, Bryce, Natural Bridges, Arches, and Canyonlands. Read Less
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An Absence of Water
The Landforms of America's Southwest
Is there a land so completely defined by water but also so lacking it? The canyons, arches, hoodoos, mesas and buttes of Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico have been shaped by the presence of water for millions of years. Yet, wander through the landscape and you have as great a chance of dying of dehydration as you do of sating your thirst.

The extended study presented here portrays this apparent paradox. Photographs of the parched land interspersed with the occasional waterfall, river, and storm clouds remind us though the West is in a prolonged drying trend, water is still the most potent natural shaper of the land.