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July 2012: Appeal filed for recent BLM-issued Burning Man permit - details here

June 2012: Burning Man 2012 EA finalized by BLM - details here

Spatial-Ed's observations and analysis of impacts for Burning Man 2012 - Burning Thoughts 2012

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How wet was the Black Rock Desert in 2011? PDF Print E-mail

ANSWER

The playa was pretty wet with water reaching the Burning Man sites as late as June 24th.

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THE PROOF

MODIS Satellite imagery overlain with the  Burning Man 2006-10 sites gives some insight.

This satellite imagery enhanced to detect water are shown for approximately every day of 2011 (very cloudy days have been excluded).  Note, the Julian calendar measures the Nth day of each year.  i.e. Day 1 = Jan 1, Day 365 = Dec 31.

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Live imagery can be viewed daily on the Friends of the Black Rocksite

Imagery details: 250m resolution Terra bands 7-2-1, please see the Modis FAQ for more details.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ?

Please see our concerns for long-term, cumulative effects on the playa caused by increased use.


 

Poll - Burning Man Earth

What is outlined in red in the 2008 event photo?
 

Results: Burning Man Reports

Spatial-Ed's Comments to BLM for New Burning Man EA

On-Screen Viewing (Low Resolution, 1.5 MB)

Print Version (High Resolution, 3.5 MB)

Burning Man 2008

Executive Summary (118 KB)

Technical Note (465 KB)

Complete Stipulation Monitoring Report (9.47 MB)

...or Download individual studies from report:

Ch. 1 - Monitoring (1.53 MB)

Ch. 2 - Open Playa (3.08 MB)

Ch. 3 - Airport (851 KB)

Ch. 4 - Signs (648 KB)

Ch. 5 - Hot Springs (223 KB)

Ch. 6 - Perimeter Fence (292 KB)

Ch. 7 - Population (457 KB)

Ch. 8 - Trash Transects (428 KB)

Ch. 9 - PeePeePee (Porta-Potty Placement) (304 KB)

Ch. 10 - Cumulative Effects (1.51 MB)

Monitoring Team (273 KB)

Burning Man 2007

Stipulation Monitoring Report (5.61 MB)

Burning Man 2006

Monitoring the successful clean-up of Uchronia art project

Monitoring Report - Poster, Small (120 KB)

Monitoring Report - Poster, Medium (1.5 MB)

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