Theres More to Discover on a Lake Tahoe Vacation

If one thinks that a vacation is simply just a respite from the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolitan life, theres in fact more to discover in a vacation.

Aside from the fact that is a popular destination, getting to know the origins of can be as challenging as an extreme sporting adventure.

For starters, the Basin took form as a geologic block fault about 2 million years ago.

A geologic block fault is a fracture in the earth’s crust causing blocks of land to move up or down, which is a primary cause of earthquakes.

It is this fault movement where uplifted blocks created the on the east and the on the west, while the down-dropped blocks, also called a graben, created the shear between the Microplate and North .

On the other hand, the basin is formed by a series of large down-to-the-east , including the West Tahoe and fault, the Stateline and North Tahoe fault and the Incline Village fault.

Most of the highest peaks that can be found of the Basin that formed during the creation of process of creation are Freel Peak at 10,891 ft, at 10,067 ft, Pyramid Peak at 9,983 ft in the and at 9,735 ft.

As the geologic formations began to take shape, eruptions from the now-extinct volcano Mount Pluto formed a dam on the north side, as melting snow filled the southern and lowest part of the basin to form the ancestral as rain and runoff added more water to the lake.

was shaped and landscaped by scouring glaciers during the Ice Ages, which began a million or more years ago and is fed from 63 tributaries with the as the main and only outlet.

The Truckee flows northeast through Reno, Nevada and into Pyramid Lake, which has no outlet.

The soil found on the basin come primarily from andesitic volcanic rocks and granodiorite, with minor areas of metamorphic rock.

Some of the valley bottoms and lower hill slopes are covered with glacial moraines, or glacial outwash material derived from the parent rock.

With the great depth of , as well as the locations of the within the deepest portions of the lake, suggests that earthquakes on these faults can trigger tsunamis with wave heights predicted to be around 10 to 33ft in height, capable of traversing the entire lake in just a few minutes.

This may be evident with the massive collapse of the western edge of the basin that formed McKinney Bay around 50,000 years ago which was thought to have generated a tsunami wave with an estimated height of no less than 330ft.

Although is a natural lake and with most areas consider protected, it is also used for water storage by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District, for which the lake level is controlled by a dam at the - the lakes only outlet- at Tahoe City.

The 6 foot high dam can increase the lake’s capacity by 732,000acre/ft.

So if you think that is just a vacation spot, think again, theres more to discover in a vacation.


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