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Great Basin

Location

The Great Basin is a triangular shaped area between the Rocky Mountains (on its east) and the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains (on its west). It includes large areas of Nevada and parts of Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California. The widest part of the triangle is in the north. The Great Basin includes the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and the Mojave Desert and Death Valley in California.

Description

The Great Basin derives its name from the fact that it is an area of interior drainage; in other words all its waterways drain into desert flats, not into the sea. It is largely a desert and semi-desert area.

Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada was created in 1986 and includes the former Lehman Caves National Monument, part of Humboldt National Forest and Wheeler Peak.

See also Intermountain States


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