Where on Earth? - May 2011

Clues for May 2011:
1. This desert is actually a playa, the dry remnant of an ancient lake that evaporated due to a warming climate at the end of the Pleistocene. It also contains remnants of the region’s volcanic past, including hot springs and Permian-aged volcanic rocks.
2. The desert is located within a closed drainage basin that spans multiple states. The basin formed due to crustal extension that created a series of parallel mountain ranges separated by broad valleys.
3.The region is also rich in human history: A 19th century trail — now a National Historic Trail — brought wagon trains and gold prospectors through the region. And a famous fiery event has been held here every year for the past 25 years.
Name the desert and its host state
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Answer: The Black Rock Desert in Nevada is actually a playa, the dry remnant of an ancient lake that evaporated due to a warming climate at the end of the Pleistocene. Several 19th century wagon trails crossed through the desert, which in modern times is home to the annual Burning Man event. Photo is by Brett Lehman.
May winners
Stephanie Ballman (La Mesa, Calif.)
P. Thompson Davis (Campton, N.H.)
Eric Fermann (Ossining, N.Y.)
Al Hrynyshyn (Orem, Utah)
LuAnne Steininger (Reno, Nev.)
 

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01 May 2011