The Great Basin became a national park in 1986 and is located in east-central Nevada.
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On the way to Great Basin we stopped at Cathedral Gorge State Park to photograph the cathedral-like spires formed from erosion of the soft bentonite clay.
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Lichen and scrub brush are all that grow in much of this parched land.
Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park
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Driving toward Wheeler Peak.
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At 10,500 feet, approaching the terminal parking lot for hikes to the peak and surrounding area.
Enjoying the cool temperatures and color change of the leaves.
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Shimmering Aspen leaves in their fall colors.
Stella Lake located below Wheeler Peak.
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Stella Lake with Wheeler Peak in the background.
Twisted pine from years of harsh weather.
Ice rings on Stella Lake.
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This is Lehman Cave.
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Stalactites come down from above and stalagmites build up from the floor as a result of calcium carbonate deposits from dripping water.
The Lehman Cave is a network of caves over a mile long. The caves were discovered in 1885 by Absalom Lehman.
The variations in colors are a result of lighting used by the park service and the different types of formations.
Mother Nature really is a magnificent artist.
In this dark part of the country you see thousands of stars and a faint view of the Milky Way.
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Bristlecone pine trees are the oldest living things on earth, estimated to be between 4000 and 5000 years old.
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Bristlecone pine trees grow at higher elevations in arid climates.
Bristlecone's longevity is a result of its extreme durability. The wood is dense and resinous, thus making it very resistant to fungi, insects, and other pests.
Bristlecone pine trees grow very slowly because of the high elevation, low nutrient soil, and cold temperatures. They are extremely drought resistant.
Bristlecone pines are used to study climate change. Scientists can determine the amount of moisture available during each growth season.
Bristlecone pines are protected in our national parks.
A brilliant Aspen highlighted against the green forest and blue sky.
This collapsing barn was on the edge of town in Baker. Given the size of Baker, every building was on the edge of town.
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Looking out on the "great basin" from Wheeler Peak.
Another view of the topography at Great Basin.
Once away from the park, the countryside is desolate.
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A lonely road. Driving from Baker to St. George, Utah.