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The Desert Symposium and field trip have been rescheduled for
April 1-4, 2022: Symposium April 1-2, field trip April 3-4.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to make lodging reservations as soon as possible for the Desert Symposium because of CMC's proximity to Joshua Tree National Park, a popular tourist destination in spring.


We are pleased to announce that Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree has agreed to host the Desert Symposium April 1-2, 2022. The two-day meeting will be followed by a two-day field trip, Volcanoes of the Mojave.

PLEASE mark your calendars!

Pandemic uncertainties are still with us and will continue to be, so please stay tuned for news about regulations that the host will require. Meanwhile, stay safe!

Dave Miller
Acting President

We are collecting pictures and stories about Bob Reynolds. Please send your photos and memories of Bob to Bruce Bridenbecker. Email Bruce

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Desert Symposium, we have 50 copies of the Field Guide and Proceedings available for purchase. The price of obtaining a copy of the field guide is $25.00. It includes postage and as a bonus one of the final papers submitted by Robert (Bob) E. Reynolds before his passing. Please send payment to: Desert Symposium Inc., C/O Bruce W Bridenbecker, 7528 Lucerne Vista Ave, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

The 2022 Desert Symposium:

Theme: Volcanoes in the Mojave
Cima volcanic field    Pisgah_Crater    Lavic_Lake_volcanic_field    Amboy Crater

Eruptions of basalt lava at Cima as recently as 10,000 years ago highlight the ongoing and widespread young volcanic fields of Quaternary and Pliocene age in the Mojave Desert. We plan to visit Cima volcanic field and several others across the desert. Be ready for lava tubes, cinder cones, and maybe even a lucky find of a xenolith from EarthÕs mantle!

SHARE YOUR RESEARCH: Original and previously unpublished scientific research papers relating to the Mojave Desert or any subject involving any desert are welcome. All papers submitted will be peer-reviewed for relevance to desert topics and scientific content before acceptance.

topics: geology,  biology,  botany,  ecology,  archaeology,  hydrology,  paleontology,  tectonics,  climate,  history,  mining,  mineralogy,  conservation,  desert resource management

CARPOOLING! All of us will be carpooling during some or all of the field trip. To the extent possible, please make arrangements to carpool before the meeting with people who you know will be going on the field trip.

Download the 2020 Desert Symposium Field Guide and Proceedings (Changing Facies) from our Publications page.

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