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Title: MOUNTAIN RANGES


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MOUNTAIN RANGES
  • Front Range
  • Park Range
  • San Juan-Most rugged in the contiguous US
  • Sangre de Cristo-Blood of Christ
  • Sawatch

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Park Range
MOUNTAIN RANGES
Front Range
Sawatch
San Juans
Sangre de Christo
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Front Range
  • A mountain range of the Rocky Mountains that is
    located in the north-central portion of Colorado.
  • The Front Range is so named because, moving west
    along the 40th parallel north across the Great
    Plains of North America, it is the first mountain
    range encountered.
  • The name "Front Range" is also applied to the
    Front Range Urban Corridor, the populated region
    of Colorado and Wyoming just east of the mountain
    range and extending from Pueblo north to
    Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Park Range
  • A mountain range in the Rocky Mountains of
    northwestern Colorado.
  • The range forms a relatively isolated part of the
    continental divide, extending north-to-south for
    approximately 40 miles along the boundary between
    Jackson (east) and Routt counties.

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San Juan
  • A rugged mountain range in southwestern Colorado.
  • The area is highly mineralized (the Colorado
    Mineral Belt) and figured in the gold and silver
    mining industry of early Colorado.

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Sangre de Christo
  • Spanish for "Blood of Christ"
  • the southernmost sub range of the Rocky Mountains
  • located in northern New Mexico and southern
    Colorado
  • The name is said to come from the red color of
    the range at some sunrises and sunsets,
    especially when the mountains are covered with
    snow, alpenglow.

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Sawatch
  • In central Colorado
  • Includes eight of the twenty highest peaks in the
    Rocky Mountains
  • Includes Mount Elbert, at 14,440 feet elevation,
    the highest peak in the Rockies.

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RIVERS
  • Colorado
  • Arkansas
  • Platte
  • Rio Grande
  • Gunnison
  • More rivers begin in Colorado than in any other
    state

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Platte River
RIVERS
Colorado River
Gunnison River
Arkansas River
Rio Grande River
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Colorado River
  • a river in the southwestern United States
  • approximately 1,450 mi long
  • draining a part of the arid regions on the
    western slope of the Rocky Mountains.
  • The natural course of the river flows into the
    Gulf of California

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Arkansas River
  • A major tributary of the
  • Mississippi River.
  • traverses the U.S. states of Colorado, Kansas,
    Oklahoma, and Arkansas
  • At 1,469 miles (2,364 km) it is the sixth longest
    river in the United States, the second-longest
    tributary in the Mississippi-Missouri system
  • Its origin is in the Rocky Mountains in Lake
    County, Colorado, near Leadville, and its outlet
    is at Napoleon, Arkansas.

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Platte River
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Rio Grande
  • Known as the Rio Grande in the United States and
    as the Río Bravo in Mexico,
  • 1,885 miles long
  • the fourth longest river system in the United
    States
  • serves as a natural boundary along the border
    between the U.S. and Mexico

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Gunnison
  • A tributary of the Colorado River
  • approximately 180 mi long
  • the fifth largest tributary of the Colorado River

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MOUNTAIN PARKS
  • Were at one time lakes
  • Elevation between 7,000 and 8,000 feet too high
    for tended agriculture so people make a living
    with grazing
  • All are centrally located

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MOUNTAIN PARKS
  • North Park-Walden
  • Middle Park-Granby, Kremling and Frazier
  • South Park-Fairplay
  • San Luis Valley-Alamosa and Monte Vista has some
    tended agriculture

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North Park
Middle Park
MOUNTAIN PARKS
South Park
San Luis Valley
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San Luis Valley
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South Park
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Colorado Piedmont
GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES
Continental Divide
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Colorado Piedmont
  • the geologic term for an area along the base of
    the foothills of the Front Range in north central
    Colorado.
  • The region consists of a broad hilly valley, just
    under 5000 ft in elevation, stretching north and
    northeast from Denver, as well as southward from
    Colorado Springs.
  • The region includes much of the populated and
    cultivated area of Colorado.

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Continental Divide
  • The largely mountainous, hydrological divide of
    the Americas that separates the watersheds that
    drain into the Pacific Ocean from
  • 1) those river systems which drain into the
    Atlantic Ocean
  • 2) along the northernmost reaches of the Divide,
    those river systems which drain into the Arctic
    Ocean

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COLORADO GEOGRAPHY
  • The state divides itself into three parts
  • - Eastern Plains
  • - Mountains
  • - Western Slope

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EASTERN PLAINS
  • An extension of the Great Plains
  • Gradual incline from the Eastern border
  • Comes to an imaginary line where the cities of
    Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo
    are located
  • Not much rainfall windy spring, dust storms,
    heat and summer drought

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  • Called The Great American Desert by early
    visitors who were used to the green of the
    Eastern United States
  • Native grasses grown here-good for grazing
  • Native animals would be buffalo and antelope
  • Colorado Piedmont-Center of population, education
    and industry

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MOUNTAINS
  • 54 mountains are over 14,000 feet
  • 79 of the 14ers in the contiguous US are in
    Colorado
  • Called the crest of the continent
  • Continental Divide is a ridge of mountains that
    divide the water flow from east to west East to
    the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and
    west to the Pacific Ocean

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Pikes Peak
Mt Evans
Some of Colorados 14ers
Longs Peak
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CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL
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MOUNTAINS
  • The continental divide is called the backbone of
    the Rockies
  • Rockies reach their highest and widest points in
    Colorado (in the contiguous US)
  • Most impressive canyon is the Royal Gorge in
    Canyon City. At one point it is 30 feet wide and
    has a drop of 1200 feet
  • Trappers first drawn here by beavers
  • Other animals include grizzlies, black and brown
    bear, mule deer, big horn sheep and mountain lions

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Royal Gorge
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Beaver
Mule Deer
Mountain Lion
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Big Horn Sheep
Grizzly
Black Bear
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WESTERN SLOPE
  • Contains some mountain towns-Ouray, Silverton,
    Telluride and Aspen
  • Last area to be settled in Colorado
  • Far west is semi-arid and at times almost
    desert-like
  • Unique geographic features are mesas and plateaus
  • Largest mesa is Grand Mesa
  • Part of Colorado Plateau

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  • Colorado National Monument
  • near Grand Junction

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  • Mesa Verde is located in the southwestern portion
    of this area
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison is located here
    (near Montrose). Walls extend to 2425 ft. This
    was recently made into a national park
  • Northwest Colorado was the last to be settled
  • Four Corners located here-Colo., NM, Arizona and
    Utah

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison
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4 Corners
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