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All of these rivers are endorheic basins, ending in Walker Lake, Pyramid Lake, and the Carson Sink, respectively.However, not all of Nevada is within the Great Basin.Nevada has 172 mountain summits with 2,000 feet (610 m) of prominence.Nevada ranks second in the United States by number of mountains, behind Alaska, and ahead of California, Montana, and Washington.Although the latter pronunciation is closer to the Spanish pronunciation, it is not the pronunciation preferred by most Nevadans.State Assemblyman Harry Mortenson proposed a bill to recognize the alternate (quasi-Spanish) pronunciation of Nevada, though the bill was not supported by most legislators and never received a vote.Nevada and California have by far the longest diagonal line (in respect to the cardinal directions) as a state boundary at just over 400 miles (640 km).This line begins in Lake Tahoe nearly 4 miles (6.4 km) offshore (in the direction of the boundary), and continues to the Colorado River where the Nevada, California, and Arizona boundaries merge 12 miles (19 km) southwest of the Laughlin Bridge.
Several rivers drain from the Sierra Nevada eastward, including the Walker, Truckee, and Carson rivers.
Most of these ranges have endorheic valleys between them, which belies the image portrayed by the term Great Basin.
Much of the northern part of the state is within the Great Basin, a mild desert that experiences hot temperatures in the summer and cold temperatures in the winter.
) (Spanish for "snowfall" and "snow-covered"; see pronunciations) is a state in the Western, Mountain West, and Southwestern regions of the United States of America.
Nevada is the 7th most extensive, the 34th most populous, but the 9th least densely populated of the 50 United States.