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What are some features that distinguish Nevada from other states?

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Some features of Nevada that can distinguish it from other states include Area 51, the casinos of Las Vegas, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, notes the History Channel. Nevada is considered to be the driest state in the United States, with snowfall typically only occurring in the higher elevations, notes Maps of the World.

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Nevada is the seventh largest state in the U.S. by area, with an area of 110,567 square miles. Only 761 square miles of the state is water. It one of the less populated states. As of 2015, its largest city is Las Vegas, which is known for its gambling casinos and other entertainment venues. Nevada is the site of the largest reservoir in the U.S., Lake Mead, and the country's largest public works project as of 2015, Hoover Dam.

Area 51 is located northwest of Las Vegas. The area was established by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1955 as a site for testing secret military projects, such as the stealth plane Archangel-12.

Other distinguishing features of Nevada include its range of elevation, from 470 feet on the Colorado River to 13,140 feet at Boundary Peak, and the fact that 87 percent of the land area in the state is federally controlled, notes the Nevada Legislature.

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