|Area||2,150 sq mi (5,600 km2) |
|Region||central Lahontan subregion of the Great Basin|
|Borders on||N: Humboldt Basin|
E: Central Nevada Desert Basins
S: Walker River Basin
W: Middle Carson Watershed
NW: northern Lahontan subregion
The Carson Desert is a desert in the Lahontan Basin and the desert valley of Churchill County, Nevada (U.S.), which receives an average 5 inches (130 mm) annual precipitation. The desert is the low valley area (including the Carson Sink in the north of the valley) between the adjacent mountain ranges, while the larger watershed includes the interior slopes of the demarcating ranges. The desert was inundated by Lake Lahontan during the Pleistocene, and the watershed became part of Nevada's Conservation Security Program in 2005.
This desert was the subject of a question on Eggheads (TV series), in 2012.
County, NV, gets...inches of rain per yearUtah
Carson Sink lies in Churchill County, Nev., in the northern part of Carson Desert. ... In 1908 Carson Sink was mapped by the topographers of the United States Geological Survey as a permanent water body, 12 miles (19 km) long by 12 miles broad, receiving Carson River on the south. The drainage line from Humboldt Lake to the sink was marked as an intermittent river.
Nevada’s designated CSP watersheds are the Carson Desert, Pine, Walker, and Warner Lakes.