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  • Posted on 1 April 2021
  • By Craig Deutsche

Deserts surrounding Los Angeles:

When the name Los Angeles is heard, people from outside southern California immediately see images of smog, traffic, museums, and social problems. Those of us who live here, know better. Los Angeles County includes dozens of cities, and even more communities that are distinct for their ethnic composition, their geographic features, their economic base, and yes, social problems. Even those living here may forget that Los Angeles is a desert city, in its history, in its more distant geographic extent, and perhaps more strongly in its connections with farther parts of the state. We import water from Owens Valley and the Colorado River basin. We import electrical power from Arizona, Nevada, and even Utah. We export . . . shall I say it, smog and tourists. Although we do not live among sand dunes in the city, the real desert is very much present in our lives.
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