United States GeographyThe great state of Nevada derives its name from the Spanish word meaning "snow covered"and refers to the Sierra "Nevada" Mountains. Most of the state is part of a 28,000 squarekilometer great basin extending into California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Nevada has 172mountain summits, second most in the United States only to Alaska. Many of thesemountains have peaks exceeding 4,000 meters with valleys at altitudes above 3,000meters. Outside of Reno, the northern two-thirds of Nevada are sparcely populated; evenUS Highway 50 has been named the "Loneliest Road in America". The lower third of thestate is situated within the Mojave Desert and home to over 2 Million people in the greatercity of Las Vegas. State Border
Sierra Nevada Mountains ClimateNevada is mostly a semiarid desert climate with low humidity. Summer temperatures aregenerally consistently over 40°C and often reach in excess of 50°C in the central andsouthern regions of the state. Winters are mild, but go below -40°C in the mountains.Annual rainfall is quite low statewide at only 18 cm, with the some of the mountains seeingas much as 1 meter.
CultureEstablished in 1905, Las Vegas is the 28th most populous city in the United States andconsidered the epicenter of Nevada. Famous for its Friday night fights, high-end casinos,luxury resorts, shopping, fine dining, spectacular shows, adult entertainment, clubs andspas, Vegas is justifiably coined the "Entertainment Capital of the World". Performers fromacross the globe debute in Vegas and numerous Hollywood films and television shows havebeen filmed on the 6.8 kilometer stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard known as "The Strip". MostNevadans imigrated from Utah and more recently California. Some natives have the feelingof being "Californicated" due to the influx of Californians. Nevada has a 3.5% annual growthrate. The Strip
artial Arts World Champion Cirque du Soleil ActivitiesDeath Valley is a 13,630 square kilometer national park drawing over 800,000 visitorsannually. Large professional cycling attractions have recently been preserved including an"epic ride" inside Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park. The Sierra Nevada Mountains offerOlympic skiing, snowmobiling and back-country snowshoeing. Lake Tahoe provides iceskating and ice fishing in the winter, sailing, kayaking and even scuba diving in the summer.Mount Charleston offers year-round access for Las Vegas residents and guests to numeroushiking trails and a modest ski resort. Three desert ecosystems feed into Lake Mead at theHoover Dam creating a natural resort destination for boaters, fisherman and sunbathers.
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Lake Tahoe Kayaking HistoryNevada is known as the "Silver State" for the first major silver discovery in the UnitedStates back in 1858. Unregulated gaming was outlawed in 1909 and remained in effect fordecades until March of 1931 when the legislature reinstated it just in time for constructionon one of the largest projects in American history. The Hoover Dam, formerly the BoulderDam, was a concrete archgravity damn built between 1931 and 1935 during the greatdepression. The dam is located about 40 kilometers southeast of Las Vegas in the BlackCanyon of the Colorado River along the Nevada and Arizona border. The enormity of theproject and lack of local resources and facilities near the site drove business into the regionto support over 5,000 workers and the nearly 20,000 men and their families vying for thosepositions. After completion many of the workers joined the United States militaryparticularly after the onset of World War II. With the help of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel andassociates, Las Vegas soon became a hot spot destination for legalized gaming and adultentertainment.
& Financial and Offshore ServicesAgricultural commodities include cattle, hay, alfalfa, dairy, onions and potatoes. Industrialcommodities include tourism, mining, minerals, machinery, printing, publishing, foodprocessing and electric equipment. The state product for Nevada in 2007 was $127 Billionwith gaming and gaming related revenue sustaining 1/5th of the overall total or $25 Billion.The Silver State was responsible for producing over 160 metric tons of gold in 2009, whichis 80% of the annual gold production in the United States and 10% of the worlds annualgold production. Nevada has a moderate minimum statewide sales tax rate of 6.85% andmay accompany a county sales tax reaching a combined high of 8.1% as is the case in Clarkcounty. Nevada is the only state in the union which has no personal income tax, nocorporate income tax and no reciprocity agreement with the Internal Revenue Service(IRS). Bellagio
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