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West Humboldt Range

The West Humboldt Range is a short mountain range in the western Great Basin in northwestern Nevada in the United States.

West Humboldt Range
2015-04-18 12 48 23 View of Topog Peak and the westernmost part of the West Humboldt Range from U.S. Route 95 near the junction with Interstate 80 in Churchill County, Nevada.JPG
View of Topog Peak and the westernmost part of the West Humboldt Range from U.S. Route 95 near the junction with Interstate 80
Highest point
Elevation1,876 m (6,155 ft)
Geography
West Humboldt Range is located in Nevada
West Humboldt Range
West Humboldt Range in Nevada [1]
CountryUnited States
StateNevada
DistrictPershing County and Churchill County
SettlementLovelock, NV
Range coordinates40°3′21.680″N 118°21′54.516″W / 40.05602222°N 118.36514333°W / 40.05602222; -118.36514333Coordinates: 40°3′21.680″N 118°21′54.516″W / 40.05602222°N 118.36514333°W / 40.05602222; -118.36514333
Borders onHumboldt Sink, Humboldt Lake, Carson Sink, Carson Desert, Humboldt River-(west range border)
Topo mapUSGS Wildhorse Spring

GeographyEdit

The mountain range runs for approximately 40 mi (64 km) southwest to northeast in northern Churchill County and southern Pershing County. The southwest end of the range is approximately 60 mi (100 km) ENE of Reno.

The range separates the lower course and terminus-(Humboldt Lake) of the Humboldt River and the Humboldt Sink on the northwest side from the expansive Carson Sink on the south and southeast side. Interstate 80 follows the course of the Humboldt along the northwest side of the range. During the last ice age, the range stood along the shore of Lake Lahontan, the prehistoric shorelines and beaches of which are visible along the sides of the range.

Few peaks in the range are named; one of the few with an official name is Topog Peak in northern Churchill County, near the southwestern end of the range.

HistoryEdit

In 1905 the Saurian Expedition, led by John C. Merriam and financed by Annie Alexander, explored the Triassic limestones of the range, discovering 25 specimens of Ichthyosaur.[2]

 
Satellite photo, view south; Carson sink at right (small, black curved range on its northwest is the W. Humboldt Range)-(Pahrump Valley, top-left; Death Valley-top; Sierra Nevada, top-right)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West Humboldt Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  2. ^ Saurian Expedition of 1905

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