80 Years After This Nevada Lake Dried Up, Its 14,000-Year-Old Relics Solved An Ancient Mystery

In western Nevada lies the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. Home to the Paiute Tribe since time immemorial, within the Reservation’s confines is Winnemucca Lake. It’s called a “lake,” but Winnemucca has been dry for some time. And it’s here, on this very site, that geologist Larry Benson became bewitched by several boulders that, as it turns out, provided a stunning link to the past.