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pluvial

  1. of, relating to, or due to the action of rain.
  2. any period during which the climate was wetter than now, usually applied to periods during the PLEISTOCENE EPOCH.
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We sought to identify the geologic and ecologic context of the site and hypothesized that the deposit represented a nonthermal tufa associated with the Great Basin pluvial lake system geology and paleoclimate, indicating an alternate ecology to that presently observed.
At its most recent high stand, from 15,000 to 17,000 years ago, the lake surface of pluvial Lake Lahontan was at an elevation of approximately 1,350 m (4,429 ft), and the lake covered a total of 22,300 [km.
During the Pleistocene, glaciers developed at higher elevations (Sharp, 1938) along with a pluvial lake in adjacent Ruby Valley (Mifflin and Wheat, 1979).