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By Mark Lisk and William Fox
Graphic Arts BooksISBN: 9781558688582
Most of the desert lands in North America are relatively young, dating from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, when global temperatures warmed, the glaciers of the Pleistocene retreated, and much of the water in the West dried up. Nevada and Utah were once mostly covered with shallow lakes, of which Pyramid Lake north of Reno and the Great Salt Lake are the largest remants. Using a canoe during the Pleistocene, and with only a few portages, you could have paddled from Reno in the west to Salt Lake City in the east, a distance of 520 miles by interstate freeway.
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