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The Fence!!

barnsis

Marquand, United States

Artist's Description

There are three images in this series. To get the full effect of this series you need to look at all of the images and read the full description.

The Fence between the US and Mexico crosses the Imperial Sand Dunes (also know as the Algodones Dunes) just south of Interstate 8 which goes from California to Arizona. It is made of aluminum, is ten feet tall and pointed on the top. They keep a bulldozer in the dunes to clear the blowing sand away from the fence. There are also tall metal towers with surveillance cameras watching the fence all along its length. The US Border Control polices the area and the fence.

The Imperial Sand Dunes in southern California are thought to originate from sand blown by the prevailing wind from a huge freshwater lake created by a diversion of the Colorado River into the area of Lake Cahuilla which covered much of the Imperial, Coachella and Mexicali Valleys as late as 1450. The river has often been diverted by silt build up from floods. The river now flows into the Gulf of California. The Imperial Sand Dunes cover an area of approximately 45 miles long and 6 miles wide. The dunes are moving slowly east at a rate of about a foot a year. The dunes are in southern California, near the town of Yuma Arizona.

My thoughts? The US government is spending up to 2 billion dollars on as much as 700 miles of fence in areas of high risk from border crossings which can be climbed or tunneled under?? The Fence across the Imperial Sand Dunes is in an area which is very hard to cross on foot but there are many areas in Arizona and California where there is no fence and you can actually walk across the border!! Even where there are fences they are often tunneled under. The fence was started in 2005 and has yet to be completed? What a waste of our tax dollars!!
All images taken with Nikon D90 with Nikkor 300mm VR lens on auto focus

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