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At one time, the state's official tourism organization, Travel Nevada, stylized the name of the state as "Nevăda", with a breve mark over the a indicating the locally preferred pronunciation Nevada is almost entirely within the Basin and Range Province, and is broken up by many north-south mountain ranges.Most of these ranges have endorheic valleys between them, which belies the image portrayed by the term Great Basin.The United States annexed the area in 1848 after its victory in the Mexican–American War, and it was incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850.The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that became an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861. state where prostitution is legal, though it is illegal in Clark County (Las Vegas), Washoe County (Reno) and Carson City (which, as an independent city, is not within the boundaries of any county).It is also known as the "Battle Born State", because it achieved statehood during the Civil War (the words "Battle Born" also appear on the state flag); as the "Sagebrush State", for the native plant of the same name; and as the "Sage-hen State".Nevada is largely desert and semi-arid, much of it within the Great Basin.
While winters in northern Nevada are long and fairly cold, the winter season in the southern part of the state tends to be of short duration and mild.
State Assemblyman Harry Mortenson proposed a bill to recognize the alternate (quasi-Spanish) pronunciation of Nevada, though the bill was not supported by most legislators and never received a vote.
The Nevadan pronunciation is the de facto official one, since it is the one used by the state legislature.
The terrain is also lower, mostly below 4,000 feet (1,200 m), creating conditions for hot summer days and cool to chilly winter nights.
Nevada and California have by far the longest diagonal line (in respect to the cardinal directions) as a state boundary at just over 400 miles (640 km).