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Desert Symposium—2014

Presented by California State University, Desert Studies Consortium..

Current Symposium Information

The 28h annual Desert Symposium will be held at California State University's Desert Studies Center (click here for a description of the Center) at Zzyzx, on the shores of Soda Lake south of Interstate 15 between Barstow and Baker, California. This historic site includes meeting rooms, overnight dormitories, catered meals, showers: all the amenities included in the registration cost. The symposium organizers solicit presentations on current research in archaeology, history, paleontology, geology, ecology, biological sciences, and environmental issues. Abstracts of the proceedings and a field trip guide will be published.

Abstracts & Posters

15–minute presentations in geology, paleontology, geomorphology, anthropology, archaeology, botany, ecology, zoology, history and multidisciplinary studies in or related to the California deserts and surrounding provinces.

Hosts: Dr. William Presch (; Robert E. Reynolds (
April 18 19, 20, 21, 2014; Presentations and posters; April 18, 19, 2013. Field Trip d April 20, 21, 2013.

Themes—" Presentation -EnvnironmentalMonitoring and Reconstruction: Linking causes and biological consequences: Field Trip - "

Registration form 2014 (click for separate file)

Paper Submission/Author Guidelines (click for separate file)

Symposium Program 2014 (symposiumprogram.pdf)

Symposium Updates (under construction - no maps for 2014

Field Trip Wavier form (click for copy)

Bob and Bobbe Adams best student paper/poster award (click for information)

Steering Committee Members (a list)

Past Symposiums Information

Road guides, Abstracts and Papers are available for down load as PDF files. Click on the year below for copies.

2001 Changing Face
2002 Between the Basins
2003 Lost Lakes
2004 Breaking Up
2005 Old Ores
2006 Making Tracks
2007 Wild, Scenic and Rapid
2008 Trough to Trough
2009 Landscape Evolution At An Active Plate Margin
2010 Overboard in the Mojave: 20 Million Years of Lakes and Wetlands
2011 The Incredible Shrinking Pliocene
2012 Search for the Pliocene: the southern exposures
2013 Raising Questions in the central Mojave Desert
2014 Not a drop left to drink

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