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The Mojave Project

Mojave Project
The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary initiative by Kim Stringfellow exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Project reconsiders and establishes multiple ways in which to interpret this unique and complex landscape, through association and connection of seemingly unrelated sites, themes, and subjects thus creating a speculative and immersive experience for its audience.

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A colorful topographic geography map of the Amargosa Chaos.
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Two Death Valley Geologists Mapped Chaos. What Their Work Taught Us About Life.

Late geologists Bennie Troxel and Lauren Wright's signature accomplishment was their mapping of the Amargosa Chaos in 1984. But perhaps what will resonate the most is the mentorship they've given to young geologists and how their imprint will carry on generations after.
A mushroom cloud from a nuclear detonation.
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The Deadly Impact of Nuclear Testing on Unsuspecting Desert Communities

The effects of nuclear testing have been devastating. What is more alarming is how the United States government has downplayed its effects and perpetrated a monstrous public health deception, especially to marginalized rural communities.
A ghost grid of the desolate federally-held lands of the Mojave Desert. | Kim Stringfellow
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The Territorial Urge and the Strange Places It Birthed

Jackrabbit Homesteading and California City are examples of two uniquely bizarre mid-century development patterns found in the Mojave Desert.
Matt Leivas, Sr. singing at the Old Woman Mountains Preserve photographed by Kim Stringfellow in 2019.
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Artbound

Bringing Creation Back Together Again: The Salt Songs of the Nuwuvi

The Asi Huviav or Salt Song is a vast interconnected ritual song map describing the sacred geography of the Nuwuvi people (Southern Paiute).
C-3PO and R2-D2 walk toward Jabba's Palace, which was filmed in Death Valley's Twenty Mule Team Canyon for this scene in “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” Lucasfilm, LTD.
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Artbound

The Technicolor Desert: Cinema and the Mojave

Virtually pressed up against the northern boundaries of Los Angeles, the Mojave Desert can be considered Hollywood’s backyard if not its backlot. See the Mojave take on multiple guises in well-loved movies throughout the decades.
Jim Wharff looking at papers beside the Middle Camp claim | Kim Stringfellow
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Artbound

Inside the World of Recreational Miners

On a smaller scale, recreational prospecting is thriving throughout the West — especially in its desert regions.
An abandoned mine in Goldfield, Nevada. | Kim Stringfellow.
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All That Glitters: Gold Mining's Environmental Effects in the Mojave

A historical gold boom has resulted in thousands of abandoned mines spread across the Mojave desert that have grave environmental repercussions.
The Yellow Aster Mine in Randsburg, CA | Kim Stringfellow. January 2019
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Cities of Gold: The Mojave Desert's Boom and Busts

Exploration of the Mojave Desert was directly driven by the desire to locate gold. These hell-bent gold seekers would bring about enduring cultural transformations and irreversible environmental legacies within California and other western states.
Dan Kreigh, a senior structural engineer at Scaled Composites, displays his scale model of SpaceShipOne. | Daniel Housman
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Making Astronauts in Mojave

Mojave, CA (pop. 4,238) has been the center of civilian-led, commercial space travel since 2004. Astronautics companies are now reaching into space in their effort to provide commercial spaceflight to those who can afford it.
Carl Dennis Buell's painting of Chris Clarke with his dog Zeke accompanied by Nothrotheriops shastensis — the Shasta ground sloth. | © Carl Dennis Buell.
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The Joshua Tree: Myth, Mutualism and Survival

Author/activist Chris Clarke outlines the cultural and ecological history of the iconic Joshua Tree—while highlighting the profound symbiotic relationships that sustains this unusual plant species now threatened by climate change.
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