from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • LakeLahontan An extinct lake with surviving remnants in western Nevada and northeast California. It was formed by heavy precipitation caused by Pleistocene glaciers but largely disappeared after the end of the epoch.


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  • Pyramid, Winnemucca, Carson, Walker, and Honey lakes, now separated from one another by sagebrush deserts, were then united in one great lake, to which the name Lahontan has been given, in honor of an early French explorer.

    The Western United States A Geographical Reader

  • I ran screaming into the Truckee River, its icy waters from the Sierra Madres flowing past the tents of lovers in full embrace, past seasons and memory, into Pyramid Lake, Lahontan, Walker, Little Tahoe.

    Inevitable break down

  • In addition to shadscale, other salt-tolerant shrubs, such as Shockley desert thorn and Bailey greasewood, cover the lower basin slopes, and distinguish the Lahontan Salt Shrub Basin (13j) and Tonopah Basin (13u) from other Nevada salt shrub ecoregions.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • Ecoregion 80d has cooler mean annual temperatures than the basins of Lahontan Salt Shrub Basin (13j), and lacks its arid shadscale shrub community.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • These features are characteristic of those in the Bonneville Basin; they have a higher salt content than the Lahontan and Tonopah Playas (13h).

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • Streams draining the Jarbidge and Independence mountains provide habitat for eastern populations of the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • The Mojave Playas are generally smaller in area than the Lahontan and Tonopah Playas (13h) and are not part of the broad Pleistocene pluvial basins that are found in the Central Basin and Range (13) to the north.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • The Truckee and Walker rivers and their tributaries also provide habitat for the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • However, unlike the Lahontan Salt Shrub Basin (13j) and Upper Lahontan Basin (13z), the shrubs often co-dominate in highly diverse mosaics.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)

  • The Lahontan cutthroat trout occurs in the Truckee River-Pyramid Lake system of Ecoregion 13j and in perennial streams draining the Sierra Nevada in Ecoregions 13x and 13aa.

    Ecoregions of Nevada (EPA)


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