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Panorama of the Ruby Mountains from Lamoille Summit along Nevada State Route 227 (2013)
Panorama of the Ruby Mountains from Lamoille Summit along Nevada State Route 227 (2013)

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Nevada (/nɪˈvædə/ niv-AD, Spanish: [neˈβaða]) is a state in the Western region of the United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. Nevada is the 7th-most extensive, the 32nd-most populous, and the 9th-least densely populated of the U.S. states. Nearly three-quarters of Nevada's people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area, including three of the state's four largest incorporated cities. Nevada's capital is Carson City. Las Vegas is the largest city in the state.

Nevada is officially known as the "Silver State" because of the importance of silver to its history and economy. It is also known as the "Battle Born State" because it achieved statehood during the Civil War (the words "Battle Born" also appear on its state flag); due to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the Union benefited immensely from the support of newly awarded statehood by the infusion of the monetary support of nearly $400 million in silver ore generated at the time by the Comstock Lode. It is also known as the "Sagebrush State", for the native plant of the same name; and as the "Sage-hen State". The name means "snowy" in Spanish, referring to Nevada's small overlap with the Sierra Nevada mountain range; however, the rest of Nevada is largely desert and semi-arid, much of it within the Great Basin. Areas south of the Great Basin are within the Mojave Desert, while Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada lie on the western edge. About 86% of the state's land is managed by various jurisdictions of the U.S. federal government, both civilian and military.

American Indians of the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes inhabit what is now Nevada. The first Europeans to explore the region were Spanish. They called the region Nevada (snowy) because of the snow which covered the mountains in winter, similar to the Sierra Nevada in Spain. The area formed part of Alta California's territory within the Viceroyalty of New Spain, which gained independence as Mexico in 1821. The United States annexed the area in 1848 after its victory in the Mexican–American War, and it was incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850. The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that became an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861. Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864, as the second of two states added to the Union during the Civil War (the first being West Virginia). (Full article...)

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The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, as designated by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act amendments of 1987, is a proposed deep geological repository storage facility within Yucca Mountain for spent nuclear fuel and other high-level radioactive waste in the United States. The site is on federal land adjacent to the Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada, about 80 mi (130 km) northwest of the Las Vegas Valley.

The project was approved in 2002 by the 107th United States Congress, but the 112th Congress ended federal funding for the site via amendment to the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, passed on April 14, 2011, during the Obama administration. The project has encountered many difficulties and was highly contested by the public, the Western Shoshone peoples, and many politicians. The project also faces strong state and regional opposition. The Government Accountability Office stated that the closure was for political, not technical or safety reasons. (Full article...)
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The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Clark County, Nevada, United States, is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area. It is about 15 miles (24 km) west of Las Vegas, and is easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. More than three million people visit the area each year.

The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations: a set of sandstone peaks and walls that were formed by thrust faults including the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000 feet (910 m) high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet (2,485 m). (Full article...)
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Largest cities

Name Type County Population
Change Land area
Population density Incorporation date
sq mi km2
Boulder City City Clark 14,885 15,023 −0.9% 208.52 540.1 71.4/sq mi (27.6/km2) October 1, 1959
Reno City Washoe 264,165 225,221 +17.3% 108.77 281.7 2,428.7/sq mi (937.7/km2) March 16, 1903
Caliente City Lincoln 990 1,130 −12.4% 1.87 4.8 529.4/sq mi (204.4/km2) October 1, 1959
Carlin City Elko 2,050 2,368 −13.4% 10.44 27.0 196.4/sq mi (75.8/km2) October 22, 1925
Carson City None 58,639 55,274 +6.1% 144.66 374.7 405.4/sq mi (156.5/km2) March 1, 1875
Elko City Elko 20,564 18,297 +12.4% 17.64 45.7 1,165.8/sq mi (450.1/km2) March 14, 1917
Ely City White Pine 3,924 4,255 −7.8% 7.64 19.8 513.6/sq mi (198.3/km2) July 20, 1907
Fallon City Churchill 9,327 8,606 +8.4% 3.63 9.4 2,569.4/sq mi (992.1/km2) December 18, 1908
Fernley City Lyon 22,895 19,368 +18.2% 122.12 316.3 187.5/sq mi (72.4/km2) July 1, 2001
Henderson City Clark 317,610 257,729 +23.2% 107.73 279.0 2,948.2/sq mi (1,138.3/km2) June 8, 1953
Las Vegas City Clark 641,903 583,756 +10.0% 135.81 351.7 4,726.5/sq mi (1,824.9/km2) March 16, 1905

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