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Iceless Ice Age in the Mojave Desert

The Ice Ages and their impacts on the Mojave Desert will be the focus of a special lecture at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Sunday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m. Museum Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott will discuss the Mojave Desert as it appeared during the Ice Ages, more than ten thousand years ago. The lecture is free with museum general admission.

“People drive through the desert all the time, but are unaware of how different things would have looked during the Ice Ages,” says Scott. (Omit second mention of “curator of paleontology” here). “In this talk, museum visitors will envision the amazing and wonderful animals and plants that lived about 10,000 to 500,000 years ago in what is now a vast desert.”

The Ice Ages were periods of prolonged, dynamic environmental shifts, and powerful forces at work tens of thousands of years ago left indelible imprints on the landscape that knowledgeable visitors to the Mojave Desert can still discern today, Scott says.

“In the Mojave, it was literally ‘Ice Ages without the ice’,” explains Scott. Freshwater lakes and rivers once shimmered throughout the Mojave where today one sees only empty plains and dry stream channels. Scott will describe what the region looked like during the Ice Ages, and will show actual Pleistocene fossils from throughout the Mojave to help participants picture the animals that once lived near those ancient lakes and streams.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (student or senior) and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. The museum’s Garden Café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, snacks, and beverages. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.


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