Having been to the Pilot Valley playa several times, Will Bagley's
observation and admonition are spot on. That landscape is both remarkable and
extraordinarily fragile. Think about it - you can still see the
wheel ruts where the Donner Party came through in 1846. Just about ANY mining
activity on the playa will probably still be quite visible 170 years from now.
This land heals very slowly. We're not talking about a rain forest.As for "photobeauty"'s from Blanding's emphasis on
economic development, this is probably due to wanting to shift attention away
from and possibly soothe the guilt regarding widespread looting of Anasazi
remains that Blandingites seem to think is their birthright.
There are some people that think everything should be dug up, that nothing can
be left as it was.
The excuses used to deny this opportunity for ecomonic development seem very
flimsy. There are people who seem to believe that everything should remain as
it is (or was) without giving any thought to what the current civilization