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2010-06-04 07:10:00

Every minute, 10,000 gallons of water mysteriously gush out of the desert floor at a place called Ash Meadows, an oasis that is home to 24 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. A new Brigham Young University study indicates that the water arriving at Ash Meadows is completing a 15,000-year journey, flowing slowly underground from what is now the Nevada Test Site. The U.S. government tested nuclear bombs there for four decades, and a crack in the Earth's crust known as the...

2008-10-10 06:00:22

By Keith Rogers By KEITH ROGERS REVIEW-JOURNAL Tiny neon-blue pupfish that are struggling to survive in a spring- fed cave in Nye County have rebounded this fall to 126 adult fish, 34 more than last fall's count and the highest number recorded since 2004, a federal biologist said Wednesday. "We're feeling pretty good," said Bob Williams, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field supervisor for Nevada. "We're feeling like we're at least maintaining the population. There is still lots...

2005-06-08 06:50:28

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Scientists trying to study the endangered Devils Hole pupfish near Death Valley inadvertently nudged the endangered fish closer to extinction. About 80 of the inch-long silvery pupfish died in traps set last year in Devils Hole, a limestone cavern about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists said Monday. The total killed could be a third or more of the adult fish left alive in the wild, officials told The Las...


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