Video: A Desert Sculpted By Water And Tectonics

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

A fundamental yet paradoxical force shaping what we know and understand about the Anza‐Borrego desert region – physically and biologically – is water.

Using aerials, 2D and 3D animations and an original film score by the renowned musician Pat Metheny, the film tells the story of how the Anza‐Borrego desert came to be and how we have become active partners in its conservation.


Once a fertile savannah, rich with life of all types, the Anza‐Borrego desert was ultimately transformed into what we now see as a parched landscape by the action of water and tectonics.  After exploring this place’s unique geologic and biologic origins, the story rolls our perspective forward as stewards and partners in conserving these natural landscapes – where water is the most treasured resource.  The film compellingly illustrates that water’s most powerful impact in shaping a landscape remains largely unseen in human time.

Video Production: Kit Tyler

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