Ancient Nevada

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Ancient Nevada: Part VI – Geology

Ancient Nevada – Geology Sixth of six-part series explores the geology of the Great  Basin. BY ERIC CACHINERO A fire raged some 15 million years ago that still glows to this day. Though the embers are now cool enough to hold in your hands, the colors are as bright as ever. During the time when it […]
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Ancient Nevada Part V: Plants & Animals

Fifth of six-part series explores the Great Basin’s primal flora and fauna. Plants & Animals BY ERIC CACHINERO Tens of thousands of years ago, on a landscape marked by vast ancient lakes, a creature roved in search of prey. It stood about the same height as a male grizzly bear, and sported a set of […]
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Ancient Nevada: Fossils

Ancient Nevada – Fossils Fourth of six-part series unearths specimens that are older than dirt. BY ERIC CACHINERO   Evidence of ancient life is set in stone. Hundreds of millions of years ago, giant marine reptiles occupied the oceans that covered what would become Nevada. The ichthyosaur was one among many species whose bodies became […]
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Ancient Nevada, Part 3: Landscapes

Third of six-part series explores the forming of Nevada’s diverse landscapes. BY ERIC CACHINERO Although surely a feat for the ambitious, it is possible to walk the rim of a volcanic crater at Lunar Crater National Natural Landmark, hike the nearly 12,000-foot Arc Dome, and soak in a geothermal-heated pool in the massive Big Smokey […]