A Fish in Nevada's Desert Puzzles Researchers

It is considered to be the rarest fish in the world: the devilfish. To this day it is unclear how he got into a rock hole in the Amargosa desert and how he survived there. But the US state of Nevada has even more surprises in store.


A fish in Nevada's desert puzzles researchers


If you are in hot Las Vegas, which is completely surrounded by desert, the name of the US state is hardly apparent: Nevada translated from Spanish means snowy or snow-covered. Snow lies in the world-famous gambling metropolis that shapes the image of the state that joined the United States in 1864, but hardly ever.

But probably on the peaks of the more than a dozen mountain ranges that run through Nevada. The highest point on the border with California is Boundary Peak at over 4000 meters. The Spanish missionary Padre Pedro explored the area on an expedition in the 1770s. He named the mountains clad in the white Sierra Nevada.

That is in California, but the neighboring state, which was hardly inhabited at the time, was later named after him - which holds a weather record: With less than 200 millimeters of rain per year, Nevada is the driest US state. Not much more thrives than bushy mug-wort for long stretches, and strange creatures like the grasshopper-eating scorpion mouse live there.

Which brings us back to the desert, which is rich in geological attractions: Bizarre rock pinnacles and cathedral-like rock formations can be admired in Cathedral Gorge State Park, petrified shifting dunes in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada's oldest national park.


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