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Miles from Nowhere, in Northwest Nevada

Posted by graywacke on February 16, 2016

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landing” above.  To check out some recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”

Landing number 2247; A Landing A Day blog post number 675.

Dan:  Back in the day, NV was a hard-core OSer.  But in the new regime (since I changed my random lat/long procedure), NV is a first time newbie, obviously a USer, pushing my Score down from 1119 to 1061.  Curious about this apparent blather?  Click on the “About Landing (Revisisted)” tab, above.

Here’s my regional landing map:

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My local landing map (consistent with the post’s title) shows a whole lotta nothing:

landing 2a

I’ll zoom out a little, so you can see what’s in the larger vicinity of my landing:

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FYI, I featured Lovelock in a July 2015 post; Pyramid Lake in my September 2014 Hazen NV post; and Gerlach in a May 2012 post.  As you’re aware, I sometimes cut and paste from former posts to bolster a current post.  But with the exception of the following little bit from the Hazen post, I’m not going to bother.

In my Hazen post, I was talking about tufa, a geologic formation.  Here’s what I had to say:

Tufa is a limestone rock formed when spring water, enriched with calcium carbonate (the stuff of limestone), discharges underwater into a fresh water lake.  The calcium carbonate precipitates out of solution, progressively forming tufa one microscopic layer at a time (all of this under water).  When the water levels retreat, out pops the tufa!  Tufa can result in some very interesting-looking formations.

Here are two tufa shots (or is that tu twofa shots) at Pyramid Lake.  First this, from Photo River Blog (Hammon Photography):

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And this, from Rachid Photo:

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Any question why it’s called Pyramid lake? 

Back to the here and now.  The remainder of this post will be a very low-key travelogue, very local to my landing.

I’ll start with my Google Earth (GE) spaceflight on in to landing 2247.  Click HERE, enjoy the trip, and then hit your back button.

You can see that I landed in a classic Nevada landscape.  Here’s a shot looking northwest using the GE Ground View feature from the top of the ridge behind my landing (the light gray area in the lower right is actually the ridge):

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My watershed analysis is quite simple.  See the white playa in the distance?  That’s the Kumiva Playa (where runoff from my landing ends up).  As you might suspect, Kumiva Playa has no outlet:  any water that makes it there soaks in or evaporates . . .

I moved my perspective a little further south and west.  Here’s a shot looking due north past my landing:

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That’s Black Mountain to the left of my landing, looming over the Kumiva Playa.

I then traveled about 13 miles west of my landing (to the Selenite Range), and then looked back east toward the Playa, Black Mountain and my landing:

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I found a GE Panaramio shot from the same general vicinity (by Robert Stolting):

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Here’s a Pano shot by Ken Adams from the middle of Kumiva Playa, looking east towards Black Mountain:

pano Ken Adams

Here’s another shot from the Kumiva Playa by Proth6030:

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And yet another (this one quite artsy), also by Proth6030:

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Just on the other side of the ridge is another playa, the Blue Wing Playa (aka Blue Wing Flats):

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Here’s a Pano shot of that playa by Davey Loomis:

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While here, I found a travelogue blog by DLBrunner (ExpeditionPortal.com) that included this shot of playa-sailing on Blue Wing Flats:

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I’ll close with this shot from SummitPost.org.  It’s from Kumiva Peak in the Selenite Range, looking east towards the Kumiva Playa, with Black Mountain behind the Playa and the Humboldt Range in the far distance:

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That’ll do it . . .

KS

Greg

 

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