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Great Basin Desert

Listed under Deserts in Southwest Desert, United States.

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The largest desert of the United States, the Great Basin is landlocked amongst six of the western states. It's latitude and elevation generate a cool climate, creating snowy winters and warm summers. Extensive areas of scrub and grassland line the valleys and mountain slopes and only 1% of the area is sand dunes. The mountains' peaks form islands of cool air and moisture which are home to large and unique biodiversity, not least the famous bristlecone pines, the oldest living things on earth. Bighorn sheep, grey wolves and beavers also maintain substantial populations here.

Vast limestone caverns like awe-inspiring natural cathedrals lie under the desert, containing stalactites, stalagmites, vast columns and some totally inexplicable deposition formations.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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