Green Quiz: Energy and Wildlife
The Ivanpah solar thermal plant in the Mohave Desert of
California is expected to go online by the end of 2013, and it will be the
largest solar power plant of its kind in the world. During construction,
developers unexpectedly encountered nearly 200 of a particular threatened
animal. What was that animal?
A) Desert salamander
B) Desert tortoise
C) Kangaroo rat
D) Blunt-nosed leopard lizard
The correct answer is B) Desert tortoise.
After finding more tortoises than anticipated, developers
relocated them to a different site and set up nature preserves elsewhere with
the assistance of environmental organizations. The incident illustrated why
careful siting is an important part of any kind of energy development.
You can learn more about the Ivanpah desert tortoise
conservation effort here