My Nevada 5: The Dramatic Events That Shaped Our Land

Meteor smack downs, volcanic calderas, and mountain pulses — Geologist Steve Rowland explains some of the catastrophic events the created the geology and biology of our beautiful state.

The eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This is Mt. Williamson (elev. 14,389’), with Mt. Whitney (elev. 14,505’) in the distance on the left, as viewed from the Owens Valley, near Independence, California. [Photo by Peter Starkweather]

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