Carson Desert

Carson Desert
desert & watershed
Timothy OSullivan Wagon Carson Desert Nevada 1867.jpg
Timothy H. O'Sullivan's portable studio in the Carson Desert in 1867.
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
Regioncentral Lahontan subregion of the Great Basin
Borders onN: Humboldt Basin
E: Central Nevada Desert Basins
S: Walker River Basin
W: Middle Carson Watershed
NW: northern Lahontan subregion
PartsN: Carson Sink
Area2,150 sq mi (5,568 km2) - watershed area
HUC16050203

The Carson Desert is a desert in the Lahontan Basin and the desert valley of Churchill County, Nevada (U.S.), which receives an average 5 inches (130 mm) annual precipitation. The desert is the low valley area (including the Carson Sink in the north of the valley) between the adjacent mountain ranges, while the larger watershed includes the interior slopes of the demarcating ranges. The desert was inundated by Lake Lahontan during the Pleistocene, and the watershed became part of Nevada's Conservation Security Program in 2005.

This desert was the subject of a question on Eggheads (TV series), in 2012.


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