Great Basin

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Great Basin

A large self-contained drainage basin of the western United States, including most of Nevada and parts of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and California. Situated in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada, the Great Basin is mostly arid.

Great Basin

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(Placename) a semiarid region of the western US, between the Wasatch and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, having no drainage to the ocean: includes Nevada, W Utah, and parts of E California, S Oregon, and Idaho. Area: about 490 000 sq km (189 000 sq miles)

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a region in the western U.S. that has no drainage to the ocean: includes most of Nevada and parts of Utah, California, Oregon, Wyoming, and Idaho. 210,000 sq. mi. (544,000 sq. km).
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The Basin and Range region consists of high ridges and flat, sediment-filled valleys, the bottoms of which now lie at 1,000 to 1,500 meters above sea level.
The Basin and Range region is characterized by relatively thin earth crust, high heat flow and deep penetrating extensional faults.
At the AGU meeting, Minster presented the results of recent modeling and data indicating that the deformation across the Basin and Range region to the east of the San Andreas is about 0.