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11-07-2006, 07:41 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile22173/Black-Rock-Desert---Home-of-Burning-Man-Festival.htm>Black Rock Desert - Home of Burning Man Festival</a></b><br><br>The Black Rock Desert is a dry lake bed in northwestern Nevada in the United States. Considered one of the flattest surfaces on the earth, the desert is part of the extended playa of the lake bed of prehistoric Lake Lahontan, which existed between 20,000 and 9,000 years ago during the last ice age. During the lake's peak around 12,700 years ago, the desert floor was under approximately 500 feet (150m) of water.<br />
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The desert extends for approximately 100 miles (160km) northwest from the town of Gerlach-Empire, between the Jackson Mountains to the east and the Black Rock Range to the west. It is partially drained by the intermittent Quinn River, which has no outlet but evaporates as it crosses the desert.<br />
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In the mid-1800s, particularly during the California Gold Rush, the Applegate-Lassen Cut-Off of the California Trail left the main route of that Trail near present-day Rye Patch Reservoir, and crossed the Black Rock Desert, on the way to Goose Lake in northwest California, and the California gold fields.<br />
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Black Rock Desert<br />
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The flatness of the surface has led to its use as a proving ground for experimental land vehicles. It was the site of the most recent successful attempts on the World Land Speed Record. In 1983, Richard Noble drove the jet-powered Thrust2 car to a new record of 633 miles per hour. Noble also headed up the team that beat the Thrust 2 record. In 1997, ThrustSSC became the world's first, and so far only, supersonic car.<br />
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The area is also used by the Tripoli Rocketry Association for the annual experimental rocket festivity &quot;BALLS&quot;, where the ceiling, or maximum altitude, is 100,000 feet or more. It is the USA's most prized launch site for high power and amateur rocket hobbyists.<br />
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It has become famous as the site of the annual Burning Man festival. It is informally referred to as &quot;the playa.&quot;<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/704656Clipboard06.jpg>

11-07-2006, 07:55 PM
Your description is interesting, and the information is very educational. However, your link is to the Black Rock Desert in central Utah, instead of the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada.

Go to 40.45 N 119.13 W for a look at the Burning Man encampment, one of the largest temporary cities in the world, only lasting a few days each year.


11-07-2006, 08:28 PM
And i thought it's here ;)

11-07-2006, 10:22 PM
Hehe..oops. =)