Help me identify some sights I saw on a recent Nevada / Utah road trip (antennas, houses, earthworks).
1. I saw a curious antenna & radio shack close to the Nevada / Utah border on State Route 30 (Nevada side). The antenna tower was about 10x taller than the little shack, and terminated in two light-colored plates that diverged from one another by about 60-80 degrees at the top. Plates were probably no bigger than 5 feet on a side.
To describe the shape of the antenna: Straighten both of your forearms in front of you, vertically, palms facing each other, about two inches apart. Then pull just the tips of your hands away from each other, keeping your fingers straight, until just before it starts to hurt. :-)
2. There was also another antenna array in Nevada along I-80...the antennas looked like ice cream cones from the side, sort of inverted elongated pyramid shapes. I think it was an array of four. Pretty large as antennas go; probably larger than a human. Wondering what those are, too.
3. There are some pretty nice two-story houses we saw along I-80 that made us wonder if they were "real" houses or not--completely isolated, just sitting there along the interstate. We wondered why they would be there and what they're for.
4. At the southern end of Salt Lake in Utah, along I-80, there is some sort of huge earthwork that has been built up since I went there last. I think it's part of a mine, but am not sure. It's in this area
which I thought was really pretty (especially the mountainous area to the south).
Thanks for your help with random road trip object identification!