I've lived in the Phoenix, Arizona area for a long time now. And days like today, with the temperatures getting over 110 degrees, is a reminder that we are in the desert. This is the Sonoran Desert, the Salt River Valley. And if you're wondering why it's so hot, and if it's because of the freeways that were built here, or the buildings, unfortunately, you have it backwards. People didn't make the Salt River Valley hot, it's always been that way. It's in the Sonoran Desert, which has been brutally hot since the last Ice Age ended, about 10,000 years ago. People didn't make a desert here, it already was one, people made an oasis. When people get it backwards, it's a disservice to the people who created this oasis, from the Hohokams to the modern engineers.
|Arizona Canal in 1896|
Thank you to all of the people who have made this happen, and continue to make living in my favorite city a pleasure! I know that you're out there, keeping the electricity on, keeping the water flowing, keeping the oasis alive.
And for the people who have it all backwards, all I ask is that you look again.
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