Three major landforms in Nevada are the Great Basin, the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada. The Colorado, Humboldt and Truckee are the state's major rivers. Nevada's major lakes include Pyramid Lake, Lake Mead, Lake Tahoe, Lake Mojave and Walker Lake.Continue Reading
Spanning an area of 110,567 miles, Nevada is America's seventh largest state. In addition to valleys, beaches and natural arches the state has three major landforms that are familiar to many.
The Great Basin encompasses nearly the entire state and consists of a dropped valley bordered by mountain ranges. The valley eventually filled with sediments that eroded from the mountains over a period of time. The highest point in Nevada, Wheeler Peak, is located in the Great Basin and reaches a height of 13,063 feet.
The Mojave Desert is located between the Great Basin Desert in the north and the Sonoran Desert in the south. It is located in the southern part of the state and is part of the Range and Basin province. The Joshua tree is one of the types of vegetation found in this desert.
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain chain found on the western-central border of the state. The chain stretches for 400 miles, most of which is in California. The eastern side of the Sierra Nevada borders the Great Basin.Learn more about The West
The capital of Nevada is Carson City, while the largest city is Las Vegas. Carson City is located in western Nevada with an area of 168 square miles. Carson City has an elevation of 4,802 feet above sea level and was founded in 1858.Full Answer >
Characteristics of Nevada's climate include average temperatures from the mid-40s to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, average annual precipitation ranges from between less than five and 40 inches, light winds and infrequent storms. Flooding is rare and normally occurs in the spring as a result of the melting of snow from the mountains.Full Answer >
Some notable abandoned towns in Nevada include Berlin Ghost Town in Gabbs, Gold Point Ghost Town in Gold Point, St. Thomas Ghost Town in Moapa Valley and Belmont Ghost Town in Belmont. Some ghost towns in Nevada are still completely intact, while others are nothing but ruins.Full Answer >
Nevada contains many unique natural resources, such as copper, gold, silver, tungsten and mercury. Lake Tahoe, in western Nevada, is a major natural source of the state's water. In eastern Nevada, the limestone geology adds to the expansive wealth of the state's natural resources. Nevada also boasts mines for various mineral deposits.Full Answer >