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The Great Basin

The Great Basin is a geographical region of the American West. It is an immense land occupying most of the state of Nevada (in fact reaching from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to Utah's Wasatch Mountains). The Great Basin National Park is just a small part of the region, which serves as the best example of the region.

Precious water draining from the mountain ranges does not drain into oceans. This substance percolates underground, accumulates in basins to form lakes, or evaoprates back into the atmosphere.

Nevada's only remaining glacier lies within its only National park in the cool shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, which also supports bristlecone pines, the oldest living trees on earth. The National Park offers the subterranean wonders of the Lehman Caves, the largest limestone arch (at a very remote corner) and the spectacle of mountain islands in a desert sea of sagebrush.

The National Park was created by Congress in 1986. From sagebrush at its base to Wheeler Peak's 13063 ft. summit, the park offers streams, lakes, wildlife, varied forest types (including ancient bristlecone pines), alpine plants and many limestone caverns, including Lehman Caves.

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