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Deep in southern Nevada’s Nye County, in the harsh, sun-drenched desert, there was once a small county named Bullfrog. It was one of the most recent counties to join and leave the United States of America, having been created in 1987 and dissolved two years later in 1989. During its brief existence as an enclave of Nye County, Bullfrog County had no residents, no businesses, no buildings, no roads and no private land of any sort. Three-fourths of it consisted of military bombing ranges, while the remaining quarter was owned by the Bureau of Land Management that few people visited. So why did a 12 miles square patch of wilderness in Nye County became its own county for two years?

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The Yucca mountain with the drilling site in view. Photo credit: United States Department of Energy

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