Pyramid Lake (Nevada)

The Pyramid Lake [ ˌ pɪrəmɪd leɪk ] (literally " Pyramidensee " ) is an endorheic lake in the U.S. state of Nevada. It has an area of 487 km ² and is located about 60 km northeast of Reno in the Great Basin. The 40 km long and 20 km wide lake is fed by the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe.

The lake is surrounded by steppe - desert-like landscapes way. It is a remnant of Lake Lahontan, a glacial lake; not a distant reservoir still bears this name ( Lahontan Reservoir ). Despite the fairly rich supply of water, which he gets from the Truckee River, takes its water content decreases steadily as the hot and dry desert climate, the evaporation is greater than the amount of incoming water. The salt content is about 1/6 of that of sea water.

In the south of the lake is the 2.567 km ² large island Anaho Iceland, which is known for its tufa formations. It houses a large colony of pelican rhino. Two kilometers north of Iceland Anaho and 175 yards from the eastern shore is the small eponymous island The Pyramid. It has a floor plan of 208 times 143 meters, an area of ​​about two acres, and a height of 105 meters above the lake level.

In the environment of the lake, in the now dry Lake Winnemucca jeseits the Lake Range, large petroglyphs have been found that can be dated by tuff layers over the carvings on an old 14800-10300 years. So you are from the transition between the Paleo-Indian and Early Archaic period and is the oldest known petroglyphs of North America. The petroglyphs are a sign of early cultural and artistic activities.

Aerial View

View directly to the bank