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  • Slideshow: The tiny creatures of the Great Basin

    Science writer Madeleine Nash talks about the importance of the Great Basin's springs, with photos by Thomas Nash.

  • Rantcast: The leprechaun trap

    Rantcast: The leprechaun trap

    Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada. In this Rantcast, Michael Branch muses on holidays and creates a leprechaun trap with his two daughters.

  • Reclaiming the low country

    Jared Farmer speaks in praise of Utah’s neglected “low country” landscapes – places like Utah Lake.

  • A young wolf wanders the West

    A young wolf wanders the West

    OR-7, a young Oregon wolf, has logged some 1,000 miles in his journey through the West, becoming the first wild wolf seen in California since 1924.

  • Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings

    Rantcast: The silence of desert greetings

    Michael Branch muses on Mary Austin, desert loners, and why the inhabitants in his arid part of western Nevada choose to limit their interactions to a few choice syllables. Rants from the Hill are Michael Branch's monthly musings on life in rural Nevada.

  • Audio: Big threats to small ecosystems

    Freelance science writer Madeleine Nash talks to Marty Durlin about the vulnerable springs of the Great Basin, and the threats they face from invasive species and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

  • Great Basin scientists unleash new weapons to fight invasive cheatgrass

    Great Basin scientists unleash new weapons to fight invasive cheatgrass

    A trio of dedicated scientists are testing out cutting-edge ways to finally turn the tide against the Great Basin's cheatgrass invasion, as the weed continues to cause devastating fires.

  • Prowling the back spaces of the West

    Inside an abandoned Air Force base on the Nevada-Utah border, the Center for Land Use Interpretation houses a remarkable museum of the West's human landscapes.

  • Pondering change in the Great Basin

    Pondering change in the Great Basin

    Paleontology and geology at Summer Lake, an ancient lake bed in Oregon, have shown the Great Basin's history of dramatic change

  • On a lonely road, time rolls to a stop

    The writer travels from New York to Nevada every year, just to stop on one of the state’s empty highways and listen to the endless desert silence

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