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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.
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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