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A Text About High Desert Test Sites


*Text by Lisa Anne Auerbach is in italics.


The best and worst part of High Desert Test Sites is getting lost in the desert. We make a map, but it’s usually inaccurate. The desert is big, a magnitude larger than the city, and we can never fit its immensity on a sheet of paper without the details getting too tiny. So in addition to being inaccurate, the maps are also completely out of proportion, which makes some visitors tense. Seeing the sites isn’t like gallery hopping in Los Angeles. LA is notoriously spread out, but it’s nothing compared to the desert. Driving these huge distances, you’re really forced to connect with the landscape and become immersed in the place. Sometimes this immersion is literal––getting stuck in the sand is a common occurrence. Then someone else will drive by and help dig you out with their hands. Or a local with a truck

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