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  Colorado - MSN Encarta
Colorado was admitted to statehood on August 1, 1876, during the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and today its official nickname is the Centennial State.
Principal tributaries of the Colorado River that rise in Colorado are the Gunnison, Dolores, and San Juan rivers.
East of the divide the chief rivers are the South Platte River, a tributary of the Missouri, and the Arkansas River, a tributary of the Mississippi.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761557361/Colorado.html   (1414 words)

 Colorado Plateau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Colorado Plateau, also called the Colorado Plateaus Province, is a physiographic region of the Intermontane Plateaus, roughly centered on the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States.
The Precambrian and Paleozoic history of the Colorado Plateaus is only known at its southern end where the Grand Canyon has exposed the 2000 million year old Vishnu Schist to the 600 million year old Kaibab Limestone.
The Colorado Plateaus Province was uplifted largely as a single block, possibly due to its relative thickness.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Colorado_Plateau   (2027 words)

 World Almanac for Kids
COLORADO, one of the Mountain states of the U.S., bounded on the N by Wyoming and Nebraska, on the E by Nebraska and Kansas, on the S by Oklahoma and New Mexico, and on the W by Utah.
Colorado has a tradition of high academic standards and public support of the arts, as evidenced by the number and quality of the educational and cultural institutions in the state.
Among Colorado’s prominent museums are the Denver Art Museum (1893), the Denver Museum of Natural History (1900), the museum of the Historical Society of Colorado, and the Colorado Heritage Center, all of which are in Denver.
www.worldalmanacforkids.com /explore/states/colorado.html   (3684 words)

 Colorado Plateau: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The markagunt plateau is an 800 square mile plateau located in the southwest corner of utah between i15 and ut 89, it encompasses cedar breaks national monument...
The paunsaugunt plateau (pronounced "pawn-suh-gant") is dissected plateau, rising to an elevation of 7000 ft-9300 ft (2100 m-2800 m), in southwestern utah in...
Colorado national monument is a national park near the city of grand junction, colorado, in the western part of the state....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/co/colorado_plateau.htm   (4328 words)

The soils of the mountain slopes and plateaus of Colorado are generally thin and are ill-suited to cultivation.
In the Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas projects, water from the headwaters of the Colorado River, west of the divide, is transported by tunnel to the Eastern Slope.
Colorado became the 38th state to join the Union on August 1, 1876, and John L. Routt, the last territorial governor, was elected the first governor of the state of Colorado.
autocww.colorado.edu /~blackmon/E64ContentFiles/UnitedStatesGeography/colorado.htm   (10685 words)

 Colorado Plateau Field Institute - Geology of the Colorado Plateau
In contrast to this stability, the Colorado Plateau is surrounded by regions that have suffered severe deformation.
During this fracturing of the crust to the west, the Colorado Plateau was able to preserve its structural integrity and remained a single tectonic block.
As the Colorado Plateau rose, the streams and rivers responded by cutting ever deeper channels in an effort to maintain their equilibrium stream profiles.
www.cpfieldinstitute.org /cp_geology.php   (894 words)

 The Colorado Plateau Region (part 1 of 4)
The Colorado Plateau Region, In Wilderness at the Edge: a citizen proposal to protect Utah's canyons and deserts, Utah Wilderness Coalition, Salt Lake City, 1990, p.
The Colorado Plateau is a physiographic "province," a region geologically and topographically distinct from other parts of the West.
Originally named the "Colorado Plateaus" by explorer John Wesley Powell, the "Plateau" is in fact a huge basin ringed by highlands and filled with plateaus.
www.cpluhna.nau.edu /Places/places.htm   (555 words)

Riddle, paradox, and anomaly are the Plateau's stock-in-trade.
Perpetually carved by erosion, the canyon lands of the Colorado Plateau are one of the most intricate landscapes on earth.
Coal mined on the plateau would be burned in huge new coal-fired power plants whose polluting emissions could be expelled across the uninhabited wilderness at the heart of the plateau.
www.suwa.org /WATE/cpintro.html   (3910 words)

 The Colorado Plateau- A Geologic Wonder   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The Colorado Plateau is not just one plateau, but rather a huge area filled with stacked plateaus, surrounded by highlands to the north and lowlands to the south and west.
Relatively stable, the roughly circular Colorado Plateau nevertheless experienced uplift, folding, faulting, and fracturing as a result of the violent Tertiary-period geologic events that formed the surrounding mountains.
The extraordinary mountain-building forces are reflected in the Colorado Plateau in its domes, shallow basins, fractures, faults, and long folds called “reefs”.
www.blm.gov /education/colplateau/geologic   (616 words)

 CVO Website - Colorado Plateau Region
The Colorado Plateau is an elevated, mildly folded and faulted physiographic province generally underlain by nearly flat-lying sedimentary rocks.
This is a vast region of plateaus, mesas, and deep canyons whose walls expose rocks ranging in age from billions to just a few hundred years old.
Beginning about 20 million years ago, during the Miocene Epoch the Colorado Plateau region was uplifted as much as 3 kilometers.
vulcan.wr.usgs.gov /LivingWith/VolcanicPast/Notes/colorado_plateau_region.html   (417 words)

 Colorado Plateau Geology | Utah.com
One of the easiest ways to view the geology of the Colorado Plateau is the way that John Wesley Powell did it in 1869-by boat.
If you were to float down the rivers of the Colorado Plateau, as Powell did in 1869, you would first observe the youngest of rocks (Cenozoic), then the middle-aged rocks (Mesozoic), the old rocks (Paleozoic), and finally the ancient rocks (Precambrian).
I like to think of the Colorado Plateau as a big, multi-layered, multi-tiered wedding cake that is being sliced, piece by piece, and then consumed until it is gone-all gone.
www.utah.com /raft/cp_geology.htm   (880 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Colorado Plateau shrublands (NA1304)
Approximately 90 percent of the plateau is drained by the Colorado River and its tributaries.
The Plateau is bounded on the east by the southern Rocky Mountains, on the north by the central Rocky Mountains, and on the south and west by the Basin and Range Province.
The portion of the Colorado Plateau in the state of Colorado harbors 61 of the 131 species of grasshopper found in the state.
www.worldwildlife.org /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/na/na1304_full.html   (1350 words)

 Precipitation History of the Colorado Plateau Region, 1900–2000
In the following analysis, Colorado Plateau seasonal precipitation was classified as ENSO (El Niño or La Niña) or non-ENSO (that is, background climate) on the basis of the above sources and the conditions of SST and SOI from the midpoint to 6 months preceding a particular season.
Precipitation in the Colorado Plateau region is modestly correlated (P<0.05) with the PDO (fig.
Recent trends in Colorado Plateau precipitation and the PDO suggest that the climate of the region may become drier for the next 2 to 3 decades in a pattern that could resemble the drought of 1942–1977.
pubs.usgs.gov /fs/2002/fs119-02   (2095 words)

 Arizona Roadside Environments - REGIONAL GEOLOGY
The Colorado Plateau Geologic Province in Arizona stretches from the Grand Wash Cliffs on the west, southward to the Mogollon Rim, and eastward to the New Mexico border.
Not all of the rocks exposed on the Colorado Plateau are sedimentary in origin.
In this corner of the state the Grand Wash Cliffs mark the transition from the Colorado Plateau to the east and the "basin and range" to the west.
dana.ucc.nau.edu /~are-p/road_map/eco/geology.html   (1568 words)

 GeoDetectives, Landforms, plateau formation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
As a plateau region elevates, stresses cause breaks in the crust known as faults.
A large concentration of plateaus is found within the Colorado Plateau.
All of the Colorado River drainage basin is located on the Plateau, and thus its name.
www.nps.gov /brca/Geodetect/Landfroms/plateaus.htm   (871 words)

 The Colorado Plateau- Ecological Diversity: Then and Now   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Water is the primary agent of erosion on the Colorado Plateau, sculpting dramatic surface landforms.
The Colorado Plateau is indeed one of the world's premier natural showcases for earth history.
Some of the Plateau’s inhabitants are the collared lizard, jackrabbit, coyote, mule deer, bobcat, cougar, bighorn sheep, elk, quail, mourning doves, gray fox, and rattlesnakes.
www.blm.gov /education/colplateau/diversity   (816 words)

 Colorado Plateau Province - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Colorado Plateau Province
The plateau is renowned for its striking geological features, such as volcanic outcrops and deep canyons that cut through its colourful sedimentary rocks; the most famous of these is the spectacular Grand Canyon in Arizona.
The Colorado Plateau is situated west of the Southern Rocky Mountains and northeast of the Sonoran Desert.
It comprises a series of arid or semiarid uplands that lie at an altitude of 1,220–3,350 m/4,000–11,000 ft, with peaks rising to about 4,000 m/13,000 ft. Aside from the Grand Canyon, other notable canyons on the plateau are Glen Canyon (which now lies beneath Lake Powell) and Canyonlands, both in southeastern Utah.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Colorado+Plateau+Province   (270 words)

 Cline Library - Digital Archives - Colorado Plateau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The Cline Library provides a rich array of archival and published material which documents the history and development of the Colorado Plateau in a variety of disciplines.
The Cline Library's Colorado Plateau Digital Archives currently provides access to thousands of vintage and contemporary photographs, diaries and letters, oral history interviews, films, and maps which document the history of the region and NAU.
Colorado Plateau materials located at Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, and Utah State University.
www.nau.edu /library/speccoll/coloplateau.html   (649 words)

 Colorado Plateau Semidesert Province
Elevations of the plateau tops range from 5,000 to 7,000 ft (1,500 to 2,100 m), with local relief ranging from 500 to more than 3,000 ft (150 to 900 m) in some of the deeper canyons that dissect the plateaus (such as the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River).
Monument Valley, Arizona, a well-defined tableland on the Colorado Plateau.
Badlands of rough broken land are extensive in the mountains and on plateaus.
www.fs.fed.us /colorimagemap/images/313.html   (673 words)

 Utah History Encyclopedia
The Colorado Plateau is a physiographic province encompassing 130,000 square miles of the Four Corners states, including Utah's southeastern quarter.
The first Europeans to reach the Grand Canyon section of the Colorado Plateau were Spaniards under Garcia Lopez de Cardenas, part of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado's quest for the "Seven Cities of Cibola." Cardenas reached the Hopi towns of Arizona, and then the Grand Canyon, in 1540.
American explorers pushed into the Colorado Plateau, often in grave danger from the weather and hostile Native Americans.
www.media.utah.edu /UHE/c/COLORADOPLATEU.html   (881 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Colorado Plateau shrublands (NA1304)
The Colorado Plateau is the only area in the United States and Canada where large mountain rivers run through exposed sandstone.
The woodland zone is dominated by low-growing forests of pinyon pine and several species of juniper, with grama, sagebrush, and alderleaf cercocarpus (a type of shrub) growing among the trees.
The greatest threat to wildlife on the Colorado Plateau is the destruction of native fish by dams and other types of development.
www.nationalgeographic.com /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/na/na1304.html   (495 words)

 Colorado Plateau
Mogollon Plateau - Mogollon Plateau or Mogollon Mesa, tableland, part of the Colorado Plateau, from 7,000 to 8,000 ft...
plateau - plateau, elevated, level or nearly level portion of the earth's surface, larger in summit area than...
Parallel universes on the Colorado Plateau: indications of Chacoan integration of an earlier Anasazi focus at Canyon de chelly.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/us/A0812943.html   (350 words)

 Apogee Photo Magazine: Utah’s Colorado Plateau
Mountains were uplifted, and two mighty rivers, the Green and the Colorado, cut through the land.
The Colorado Plateau is truly one of America’s national treasures.
For the curious traveler and photographer, this is a wonderful introduction to the geological wonders of the Colorado Plateau.
www.apogeephoto.com /mag3-6/mag3-8_utah.shtml   (1763 words)

 Colorado Plateau recreational map from Time Traveler maps
The new recreational map and guide of the Colorado Plateau (which includes portions of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming and New Mexico) has been released by Time Traveler Maps, and it's a unique and very useable tool.
The dramatic landscapes of the Colorado Plateau are world renowned for their scenic wonders and as Theodore Roosevelt said of the Grand Canyon "the one sight...every American should see" and Edward Abbey referred to the region as "...something special.
While the Grand Canyon is the most famous sight on the Colorado Plateau, this high desert drained by the Colorado River and its tributaries abounds with unsurpassed scenic and cultural treasures.
www.mapz.com /recreationcopl.mgi?mgiToken=2LP8H659N427I17   (323 words)

 USGS Geology in the Parks
Throughout the Paleozoic Era, the Colorado Plateau region was periodically inundated by tropical seas.
Although the Basin and Range and Colorado Plateau may seem to have little in common, their geological stories are intimately intertwined.
Beginning about 20 million years ago, during the Miocene Epoch both the Basin and Range and Colorado Plateau regions were uplifted as much as 3 kilometers.
wrgis.wr.usgs.gov /docs/usgsnps/province/coloplat.html   (605 words)

 The Colorado River: Water and the desert - DesertUSA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
This view of the southwestern United States shows the course of the Colorado River as it traverses from Lake Powell in southern Utah, through the Grand Canyon, westward to Lake Mead in eastern Nevada, and then southward to Mexico and the Sea of Cortez.
The dark forested areas on either side of the Grand Canyon are the Kaibab Plateau to the north, and the Coconino Plateau to the south.
Early settlers along the Colorado tried to alter the river's impact on the land by diverting its waters for irrigation.
www.desertusa.com /colorado/intro/du_introcr.html   (1008 words)

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