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Reno Great Basin Ecology Laboratory
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  • Reno Great Basin Ecology Laboratory
  • 920 Valley Road
  • Reno, NV 89512
  • (775) 784-5329
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Research by Ecosystem

Piñon-Juniper Woodlands

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In the Intermountain region between the Pacific Coast mountain ranges and the Rocky Mountains lie the cold deserts of the Western United States. The climate of the region is arid to semi-arid and is characterized by long and cold winters and hot and dry summers. Most precipitation falls in winter as snow, although summer afternoon thunderstorms are common in the southern part of the region. Temperatures generally increase from north to south, while the amount of precipitation falling as summer rain increases from west to east. High topographic variability strongly influences local climate and weather patterns. More...

Riparian Ecosystems

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The Great Basin is characterized by a series of north-northwest trending mountain ranges with broad central valleys where drainage is almost completely internal. More than 200 separate hydrologic systems can be delineated and about half of these are characterized by closed drainages. Mountain ranges can reach elevations in excess of 3500 m and, because of the large elevation gradients, precipitation and temperature varies significantly from the upper elevations to the mouths of the watersheds. Precipitation approaches 55 cm at upper elevations but decreases to as little as 20 cm in the central valleys. More...

Sagebrush Ecosystems

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Sagebrush ecosystems occur in the cold deserts of the Western United States. These deserts are found in the Intermountain region which lies between the Pacific Coast mountain ranges and the Rocky Mountains. The climate of the region is arid to semi-arid and is characterized by long and cold winters and hot and dry summers. Most precipitation falls in winter as snow. Temperatures generally increase from north to south, while the amount of precipitation falling as summer rain increases from west to east. High topographic variability strongly influences local climate and weather patterns. More...