Las Vegas sprawls across a wide bowl ringed with mountains, the Las Vegas Valley, that is drained by Las Vegas Wash. North of the city, the stream runs at the feet of large debris apronsbajadasthat fringe the rugged ranges on all sides of the valley. Upper Las Vegas Wash has been accumulating sediment for many centuries, leaving a sedimentary record of conditions and ecosystems for millions of years. In today's dry conditions, the present stream is cutting an arroyo into the ancient sediments, exposing a remarkable fossil record from late Pleistocene times as old as about 200,000 years. But casual visitors can be puzzled by what they see here.
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|Setting of the Wash||Arroyo Bluffs||Arroyo Banks||Wash Gravels|
|Silts||Burrows||Packrat Midden||Freshwater Snail Fossil|
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