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Carson Desert
Timothy OSullivan Wagon Carson Desert Nevada 1867.jpg
Timothy H. O'Sullivan's portable studio in the Carson Desert in 1867.
Area 2,150 sq mi (5,600 km2)
Country United States
State Nevada
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.

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