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‘Scars on the playa’: Rushed exodus from Burning Man could have adverse environmental impacts

Burning Man is a spectacle every year. Attendees flock to Northern Nevada in outlandishly decorated vehicles, erecting elaborate art installations in a remote patch of desert in the Black Rock Desert. But this year’s event garnered international attention when nearly 70,000 attendees were trapped in the desert following a storm that created exceptionally muddy conditions, rendering travel on the Black Rock Playa — the ancient lakebed where the event is held — virtually impossible.


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