Photo: DisputedWaters Way down south, lapping across the border of Riverside and Imperial counties, lies the Salton Sea. It wasn’t always there, even in relatively modern times. In fact it wasn’t until 1905 that this below-sea-level depression in the desert got accidentally filled because an irrigation diversion canal from the nearby Colorado River failed to control its flow. The diverted … Read More
What is it? Wind, of course! You may remember this tricky riddle that J.R.R. Tolkien included in a memorable scene in his novel, The Hobbit. Wind has fascinated humans for centuries. It’s not just the invisible thing that creates bad hair days and carries away your newspaper; it actually controls weather patterns. Have you ever wondered where it comes from?
Do you live on a road? Or a lane? Or maybe you live on an avenue? What’s the difference? Who decided whether your motor pathway is called a street or a boulevard? And how did it come to be boring “Maple Dr.” or too-clever “Tennis Ct.”? As I can personally attest, there are millions of streets in the US of … Read More
People live all over the planet, but life is tough where there is little water. Desert populations are low, unless you can import water, or suck it from ancient underground aquifers as has been done in Arizona and Saudi Arabia. But even without the help of pipelines, water trucks, or drilling wells, some communities in lands of very sparse rainfall have found a way to get enough water to live comfortably. Do you know how they get it?
Map art at its finest. Connecticut-based artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser recently completed a new series of coral reefs that she painstakingly recreates using rolled bits of paper and acrylic paint. Ahead of her upcoming exhibition at the Architectural Digest Home Show, Genser sat down with All Things Paper for a brief interview.
Krakatoa Well, the first thing to fix on that movie title from 1969 is the spelling of “Krakatoa”, which should be “Krakatau”. But more importantly, Krakatau is located between Java and the island of Sumatra, and it is decidedly west of, not east of, Java. Guess “east” must have sounded more exotic to the Hollywood title creators. But Krakatau is … Read More