Conditions in desert environments are extreme, especially when considering the scarcity of moisture. We mentioned in our last blog that litter items left out to their own devices last an incredibly long time, even 'natural' items such newspaper or fruit peels. We often teach students the ingredients for good decomposition. Sunlight, soil, moisture and air, it's in everything we eat and everything we wear. Knowing this and the sensitivity of such specialized ecosystems, all the better to Leave No Trace.
These photos are just a few of the impacts we've seen during our desert travels.
Leaving your mark is overrated.
Tara and Mark