Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoises, the only land turtles in Nevada, live throughout Gold Butte from the lowest elevations to about 4,500 feet elevation. Tortoise populations are declining throughout much of their range, but they are doing particularly well on the slopes above Mesquite leading into the foothills of the Virgin Mountains.Desert Tortoises have a moderately domed, brownish shell..

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The Geology of Gold Butte National Monument―a thumbnail sketch

by Steve Rowland Emeritus Professor of Geology, UNLV The most common and conspicuous rocks exposed in Gold Butte National Monument can be lumped into three groups: (1) Jurassic windblown sandstone, (2) Paleozoic marine limestone, and (3) pre-Cambrian granite and metamorphic rocks. Each of these groups is briefly described below.  The Jurassic sandstones (belonging to the..

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