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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n.
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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First she fetched a great basin, and washed Tess's hair with such thoroughness that when dried and brushed it looked twice as much as at other times.
Together they ran at Roquat and grabbing him up tossed him into the great basin of the fountain.
One tunnel only, fourteen thousand feet in length, was pierced in order to arrive at the great basin.
Just before dusk Clayton finished his ladder, and, filling a great basin with water from the near-by stream, the two mounted to the comparative safety of their aerial chamber.
When the Marchioness had finished her toasting, she spread a clean cloth on a tray, and brought him some crisp slices and a great basin of weak tea, with which (she said) the doctor had left word he might refresh himself when he awoke.
I am inclined to think that the noise of the Falls is very much exaggerated; and this will appear the more probable when the depth of the great basin in which the water is received, is taken into account.
Katherine's Dock, lying overshadowed and black like a quiet pool amongst rocky crags, through the venerable and sympathetic London Docks, with not a single line of rails in the whole of their area and the aroma of spices lingering between its warehouses, with their far-famed wine- cellars - down through the interesting group of West India Docks, the fine docks at Blackwall, on past the Galleons Reach entrance of the Victoria and Albert Docks, right down to the vast gloom of the great basins in Tilbury, each of those places of restraint for ships has its own peculiar physiognomy, its own expression.
Spotlights include the Great Basin National Park of Nevada; the Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Landmark, a museum that invites visitors to take a walking tour through old railroad buildings, and observe living, breathing locomotives from the 19th century; and the Nevada Northern Railway, one of the most complete rail facilities still in existence.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued US-based molecular diagnostics company Great Basin Scientific, Inc.
Ashton's resume focuses on advanced-technology companies, and his experience includes key leadership roles at Megahertz and Inari, as CEO of Printelligent Corporation, and now as CEO of Great Basin Scientific, a molecular diagnostics company.
Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an environmental education grant of $63,957 to the Great Basin Institute located in Reno, Nev.
The alchemical mixture of three ingredients (cities, aridity, and a libertarian political outlook) makes the Great Basin a compelling place to study.

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