chapter  8
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The Tortoise and the Air: Life in a Libertarian Desert

SierraNevadaandthesmallerSpringMountainstoitsim:mcdiatewest,

whichcompletelywallthevalleyofffromthe:moderatinginfluenceofthe

PacificOcean.Climatologistssuggestthat120inchesofwatercouldevap-

orateofftheva1leyfloorsannually.-Withaveragerainfallofaboutfour

incheseachyear,LasVeg-asishyper-arid.