Sham wrote:I believe the area that is surrounded by the trash fence is 7 square miles.
The water is dissipating and evaporating at fairly rapid pace and the snow from the mountains is gone now.
Now, just a short heat spell will hopefully dry the playa to that crackle shiny finish.
It's of course possible that a contingency may be needed, but in years past, there has been a lot of water on the playa and things have always worked out just fine.
I'm no geophysicist, but, my understanding is that it's not just a dry surface. the water table has to be low enough, that the water can't liquefy the material above it, due to vibration. I've experienced it many times with my heavy equipment: you drive and drive, all is well....but, the water below is rising towards the surface as the vibration and motion allow (capillary action?). Then, all of a sudden it "breaks through" and you sink like a rock. This would be my concern. The snow on the mountains may well be gone, but water is still percolating down through the rock and soil, to the lowest point, which, to my guess, is the playa. So I'd imagine there should/would be some sort of test to see how deep the ground is at it's saturation point?