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Nevada Geological Attractions and Destinations


Nevada is a geologist's dream. Its long geologic history extends a billion years back in time, and its rocks are well exposed by tectonic activity that has stretched the Earth's crust by more than half during the last 50 million years. The resulting exposure of hot deep crust has made Nevada a major center of volcanism and, more significantly, economic mineralization.

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Fossil beasts and a fossil townBerlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, Nye CountyAn accessible exampleBig Dune, Nye CountyA noteworthy playaBlack Rock Desert, Washoe CountyA bright line markerBoundary Peak, Esmeralda County
A textbook structural featureCarlin Canyon Unconformity, Elko CountyBeautiful badlandsCathedral Gorge, Lincoln CountyListen to the sandCrescent Dunes, Nye CountyHigh mountains and deep undergroundGreat Basin National Park, White Pine County
Ice Age remnantPyramid Lake, Washoe CountySigns of a continent-scale structureSevier Thrust Belt, Clark CountyAn exurban playgroundUpper Las Vegas Wash, Clark CountyA red-rock playgroundValley of Fire, Clark County
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