Great Basin, desert trips in the western United States


Geographic information on the region of the Great Basin, the occupied territory and geological characteristics, salt lakes in the desert.

Where is the Great Basin

The Great Basin covers a wide region of the western part of the United States, closed between the plateau north of Columbia, the Wasatch mountain range that are part of the Rocky Mountains to the east, the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada to the west.

The training goes back about two million years ago as a result of turmoil in the vertical direction of the Earth’s crust that caused the lifting of a vast sedimentary clod.

It consists of several mountain ranges with heights between 1200 and 1500 meters, with elongated depressions and some lowland areas mixed with relief here and there.

The territory of this region has an area of ​​about half a million square kilometers and is to occupy almost completely the state of Nevada and western Utah.

Great Basin Desert

It is largely occupied by salt lakes, including the Great Salt Lake, and some deserts like the Black Rock Desert, one of the Great Salt Lake and the Mojave.

The arid climate is not conducive to the vegetation and the little amount of water that collects in this area comes to flow towards the sea as well as the rivers, the largest of which is the Humboldt, which are scattered along the course for evaporation.

It is a large area that drains into, since no its course of water reaches the ocean.

At the center of the Great Basin is a vast depression that is the bottom of the Bonneville, a prehistoric lake, the last traces of which remain in the Great Salt Lake and lakes and Sevier Utah.

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