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Burning Man Conquers 30 Years in Dusty Nevada Desert

The weeklong counterculture celebration draws tens of thousands of people to the scorching hot, dry lake bed in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

The city is engulfed by dust Tuesday as approximately 70,000 people from all over the world gather for the 30th annual Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert.

Held in Nevada since 1990 and known for art displays, dust storms and communal living, this year's sold-out, 9-day festival in August and September is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to the lake bed about 100 miles north of Reno. Burning Man — named for the large effigy burned during the festival — estimates more than $30 million in revenues from the 2015 event.

The first Burning Man took place on a San Francisco beach in 1986.

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Members of the Trash Kan Marchink Band perform at the arts and music festival on Monday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
Participants walk through an art installation at Burning Man on Tuesday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters

Divine Mustache and Katapult Sandra, using their Playa names, dance on stilts on Monday.

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Participants watch Monday's sunset from the Tower of Ascension. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
A couple dances during the festival on Wednesday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
A participant climbs the Tangential Dreams art installation on Wednesday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
People gather at the Temple Project at Burning Man on Tuesday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
Jody Friedman and Jeff Montgomery sit infront of the Playa TV on Tuesday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
Danicorn Hlavinka cries at the Temple Project on Tuesday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
People dance the morning away at Burning Man on the Black Rock Desert on Monday. Andy Barron / Reno Gazette Journal via AP

Benny van der Laarse dances on Tuesday at Burning Man.

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Participants gather around The Space Whale art installation on Monday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
A participant rides a teeter-totter Tuesday at the festival. JIM URQUHART / Reuters
Participants watch the flames on the Spire of Fire on Monday. JIM URQUHART / Reuters