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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake

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For this segment of The Weekend, we’re taking you to the Mojave Desert – specifically to the Kern County City of Ridgecrest, which boasts the western hemisphere’s largest collection of Native American Petroglyphs.

Arthurgwain L. Marquez / NAWS China Lake Facebook Page

Less than 10 miles away from the epicenters of the two powerful earthquakes that shook the Ridgecrest area over Independence Day weekend lies a military base: Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. It’s huge—larger than nine U.S.