Here’s a nice way of thinking about aridity:
If all the water that flows in each river during an average year were spread evenly over the area drained by the river, the depths would be: Delaware 20.9 in.; Columbia 13.1 in.; Mississippi 6.7 in.; Colorado 1.15 in.
Source: Water and Choice in the Colorado Basin, National Research Council, 1968
OK, this is a first for me because it comes uncomfortably close to a chain letter but it is also driving a lot of unexpected traffic to my site and seems a very interesting way to open up readership.
What is “it”? It is a “MeMe” award, which arrived in the comment box of my site on the monthly posting on Lake Mead elevations. It comes from a No. Cal garden designer named John Black. http://verdancedesign.blogspot.com/2009/09/meme-name-i-call-myself-twice.html
His interest in my blog seems to be both drought tolerant gardening and Vegas, where he lived in his youth. As for the “MeMe,” It’s less an award than a request from a blogger who admires your blog for you to reach out beyond your normal readership sphere and point out seven good blogs. Ever keen to promote conservation, and ever vain, I obliged with a posting. As Black explained the deal:
Apparently the MeMe has a few, simple, rules:
1) Link back to whomever nominated you
2) Reveal seven tidbits about yourself
3) Nominate and link to seven other blogs
4) Notify your nominees with a comment on their blogs
5) Notify your nominator(s) when your “acceptance” post is up
If you can’t be bothered, I completely understand. But having decided to play, I am compelled to notify you that you were a shoe in for a MeMe in my book.
Yours half in admiration and half embarrassment, EG