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Giant Desiccation Fissures on the Black Rock and Smoke Creek Deserts, Nevada

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Science  28 Apr 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3461, pp. 1359-1360
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3461.1359

Abstract

Open fissures, from 100 to several hundred feet apart, that have produced polygonal patterns on the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, are believed to be giant desiccation cracks resulting from a secular trend toward aridity in the last few decades. Similar features on the Smoke Creek Desert probably have the same origin.