The area is interesting for a few reasons. One, it has standing water, which always fascinates me. Standing water in the desert without a visible stream, either means an underground spring or an underground stream in the area and always means rare wildlife can be seen. This particular area has two major pools, the first one, located in the eastern most section of the property appears to be about 2 feet deep at the most and covers an area of about 50 yards. The water is relatively clear and doesn't smell stagnant. The shore line of the water is covered in a salt like alkali crystal crust that crunches when you walk on it. This is due to water evaporation and most likely consists of salt and gypsum. The Cattails are everywhere there is shallow water and sway beautifully in the breeze.
|Standing water in the desert with a white salty border.|
There is obviously a large amount of water in the area and due to that fact, trees and shrubs are everywhere. Salt Cedars have invaded this area as they have most of the rest of Southern Nevada but this particular area has the largest Salt Cedar I have ever seen. It is literally 40 feet high and covers an area that appears to be home to many an animal and a few homeless people.
In this area, I've found old foundations from what appears to be old houses. Interestingly enough though, in my research on google earth and archive aerial photos of the area, there weren't any houses here. The slabs seem to be somewhat modern and maybe about 20 years old. So what could they be from? 20 years ago this was nothing but a dried up riverbed. Could these foundations be from a time when there was a real river here?
|Top of the old rusted pipe.|
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|This pipe is on the opposite side of Galleria Rd.|
It's a new installation.
New info-- Not to far from this area, I have found a gated-in area with cameras, an alarm and a locked gate. There appears to be an underground, guarded structure there. This is near Gibson and Galleria. Nothing else is around. The locked down area is about 1/4 acre of cement with 4 cameras and a stairway that leads underground. I would love to know what this is!