LAND ARTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST
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OTERO MESA

Elevation: 5,294 ft.
Ecological niche: Chihuahuan Desert grassland
Ownership: Bureau of Land Management, US Dept of the Interior
Location: Northeast of El Paso, TX

Land Arts of the American West

JOURNAL ENTRY

Claire Long
Otero Mesa
October 10, 2005

Qualities of a Wilderness area as stated in the Wilderness Act:

  1. Naturalness

  2. Outstanding opportunities for solitude

  3. Outstanding opportunities for primitive and unconfined type of recreation

Edward Abbey: "You’re in the widerness if there is something there that can eat you."

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West

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