Fortynine Palms Oasis, Joshua Tree National Park, California

ID 1860

Fire-blackened fan palms at Fortynine Palms Oasis grow along a fault zone, which cuts Cretaceous granitic rocks and allows groundwater springs to discharge at the surface. Stands of native California fan palms are only found in five places at Joshua Tree National Park. These oases of water and vegetation provide important habitat for wildlife. Twentynine Palms and Fortynine Palms mark the northern extent of the native palm family in this hemisphere.

This photograph was published on the back cover of California Geology in September/October 1998.

The California Board of Registration for Geologists and Geophysicists selected this photograph in Summer 2000 to promote their web site.

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