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Death Valley

(Encyclopedia) Death Valley, SE Calif. and SW Nev., a deep, arid basin, 140 mi (225 km) long, bordered on the W by the Panamint Range and on the E by the Amargosa Range. In summer the valley has?

Panamint Range

(Encyclopedia) Panamint Range p?n?m?nt, rugged fault-block mountains, SE Calif., near the Nev. line. Telescope Peak (11,045 ft/3,367 m high) is the tallest peak. The range forms the western boundary?


(Encyclopedia) Barstow brst?, city (1990 pop. 21,472), San Bernardino co., SE Calif., on the dry Mojave River; founded in the 1880s as a silver-mining town, inc. 1947. Railroad shops and the?

Whitney, Mount

(Encyclopedia) Whitney, Mount, peak, 14,494 ft (4,418 m) high, E Calif., in the Sierra Nevada at the eastern border of Sequoia National Park; the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states (Denali [Mt?

Funston, Frederick

(Encyclopedia) Funston, Frederick, 1865?1917, U.S. general, b. New Carlisle, Ohio. He was a newspaper reporter and a field agent (1888?95) of the Dept. of Agriculture, exploring Death Valley and the?

Great Basin

(Encyclopedia) Great Basin, semiarid, N section of the Basin and Range province, the intermontane plateau region of W United States and N Mexico. Lying mostly in Nevada and extending into California?


(Encyclopedia) borax or sodium tetraborate decahydrates?d??m t??tr?br?t d?k??h?dr?t, chemical compound, Na2B4O710H2O; sp. gr. 1.73; slightly soluble in cold water; very soluble in hot water;?

Mojave Desert

(Encyclopedia) Mojave or Mohave Desert, c.15,000 sq mi (38,850 sq km), region of low, barren mountains and flat valleys, 2,000 to 5,000 ft (610?1,524 m) high, S Calif.; part of the Great Basin of the?

The Highest Temperature Extremes

Greenland Ranch, Calif., with 134F on July 10, 1913, holds the record for the highest temperature ever officially observed in the United States. This station was located in barren Death?


(Encyclopedia) desert, arid region, usually partly covered by sand, having scanty vegetation or sometimes almost none, and capable of supporting only a limited and specially adapted animal population?