Vocational Day contined.....
Trip Start Mar 14, 2008
23Trip End Apr 28, 2008
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Rachel and I toured around "backstage" of the reserve in the buggy, noting the vast spaces of indigenous vegetation reintroduced to the area, wetlands, tracks, and noting the presence of many bird species
Ken, a local Rotarian, met me at the front gate when time was up, and it was with a little sadness that I said goodbye to my new friend Rachel, hello to Ken, and off to the Clark County Wetlands Park.
This is a 2900 acre, seven mile long and one mile wide strip of land on the eastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley. Only being "reclaimed" for the past 5 or so years (give or take a couple), the area is fascinating, and the plans for the future are excellent. THis includes several trails, for use by horses, bikes and walkers. The park is home to rabbits (!!! again), coyote, beavers, 16 species of bats among other things!
My tummy was rumbling and it was time to head toward Lake Mead, where we met Mindy, Matt and Monica on the way, and had a scrumptious picnic overlooking this picturesque part of the world. Blue water, not much of it, but still wonderful to be there! Lunch was like no other - with my favourites of prawns and mango included!!! They must've read my mind or just have good taste!
We headed to the Three Kids Mine following lunch, where we looked at environmental remediation of a major national source of manganese ore. The mine operated from 1917 until 1961, and this site was just amazing! The views to the strip were what people will one day pay for, when this site is cleaned up and reclaimed for housing!
With the mine ceasing operation, there are massive volumes of tailings, massive sheer cliffs into large pits and high levels of arsenic and lead in the soil! Remediation is to take place over the next few years, and redevelopment of what will be a safe and clean place to live!!? I would love to come back and see this site in a few years' time
My last stop of the day was with Scott, who is an environmental consultant (among other jobs), who transported me out to Nevada Solar One. This is the 3rd largest solar power plant in the world - I've never seen anything like it! Surrounded by nothing but desert, the site is almost 400 acres, with solar panels spread across the area......I was gobsmacked!! Such a great thing to see - and at 3.45pm, the output from the panels was at it's peak for the day!!
I have so many facts and figures from today, and think I have them all down. It was such a wonderful, learning day and I couldnt have wished for a better vocational day to start my GSE!! I hope that the others had as fantastic a day as I did...and share it on the blog!
More soon I'm sure.....when I figure out how to put photos on this thing!!