This short course was put on by a group called MDRU, and was led by geologists John Dilles and Richard Tosdal. The course was excellent.I traveled to the course by way of some back roads or side trips. I drove these side roads so I could take some photos for future use. I turned south from Highway 50 at Middlegate Junction (the location of Middlegate Station, a great place to get burgers and fries), then took Nevada Route 361 down to Gabbs.
|The turnoff from Highway 50 to S.R. 361 at Middlegate Junction.|
|The magnesite mine at Gabbs.|
|Pole Line Road sign.|
The Pole Line Road to Tonopah is the site of one of my early geology stories, one about looking for my thesis area, so I needed some photos. These photos, or ones like them, may appear later in stories that I call exploration stories, Highway 8A stories, or Mojave Exploration stories. The stories don't all occur in the Mojave Desert, in fact, many occur in Nevada and some occur in non-desert areas. It was the uniqueness of the Mojave Desert, however, that inspired me to start writing the stories.
Updated 12Feb2016 primarily for formatting.