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    The Colorado River transects the Colorado Plateau. The Colorado River is ranked the fifth largest river in the United States, and is often referred to as the Nile of North America. This nickname describes its arid location and the vast human population that relies upon it (Kammerer, 2005). Despite its size, fluctuations in Colorado River stream flow are sensitive to the seasonal and annual changes in precipitation and temperature typical in arid systems. Long periods of below-average precipitation and large diurnal changes in temperature place high evaporative demand on the river. Additionally, the Colorado River supplies water to over 33 million people (Environmental Defense Fund, 2013). It is the most over-allocated river in the world…

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    Some scientists believe that the canyon was formed by erosion. Erosion is when air, wind, and snow storms tear away at rock. Other scientist believe that the Colorado River carved out the Canyon. Today, scientists still do not agree on how the canyon was made. Another fact about the Grand Canyon is that the walls of the Grand Canyon contain prehistoric rocks. Some of the rocks are from two million years ago (“Let’s take a look at Arizona”). Something else many people would not expect is that…

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    sleeping warrior god, it is a sign that he is changing his blankets for the four seasons. THE LEGEND OF SLEEPING UTE MOUNTAIN The legend of Sleeping Ute Mountain resides in the south-east corner of Colorado. The Ute Indians started this story and it wasn’t until 1915 when the myth was ever referenced in writing. The chart shows that the story relied on story telling for many generation and only recently documented. The Ute Indians have a strong link with the Paiute Indians. This is because,…

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    Mesa Verde National Park

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    Mesa Verde National Park is in the Colorado Corner of the Four Corner area. When the Mesa Verde region was uplifted, the streams cut themselves into pediments and divided into two components. One was the McElmo Creek which flows to the west and the other was the Mancos River which drains the cuesta. The Mesa Verde is a cuesta that slopes gently to the south. A cuesta is a hill with a step on one side and a gentle slope on the other. The steep on the Mesa Verde is a 2,000 foot high cliff on the…

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    disciplines. A unique quality of the university is the early exposure to collaborative and experiential research between undergraduate students and faculty. Cline Library is the library for Northern Arizona University. Situated in the center of the Flagstaff campus, it provides both physical and virtual environments that foster intellectual discovery, collaborative research, and access to technology. The library affords members of the NAU community and public, access to extensive collections…

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    gorge carved by the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park - one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery. View from the South Rim. The longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a period of six million years,…

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    Grand Canyon Reflective Essay, Research, Sustainability The Grand Canyon is one the seven wonders of the natural world. Every year five million people from around the world visit the Grand Canyon to experience its incredible views and hike its trails (National Parks Service. U.S., 2017). Nearly two billion years of geological history is stored in the horizontal strata on the sides of the canyon. The Grand Canyon not only provides sweeping views, recreational trails, and a habitat for wildlife…

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    The land and rock-based history of Mesa Verde National Park represents diversity as much as the cultural history. Mesa Verde is located in Southwestern Colorado which is one of the four states that is included in the Colorado Plateau. It became a national park in 1906 in order to preserve and protect the famous cliff dwellings and artifacts. Beginning back in 550 A.D to 1300 A.D, Ancestral Puebloans came to realize the diversity of Mesa Verde National Park and used its landscape to create and…

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    Collapse Throughout history there have been many civilizations and complex societies that have come and gone, these people were forced off their land by disease, human impact on the environment, warfare, and environmental and climate change all have been used by historians and archaeologist to explain the collapse of these civilizations. This essay will focus on two of these complex societies, the Mesa Verde region of the American Southwest and the Maya civilization of Mesoamerica and exam the…

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    three types of people the Hopi, Zuni, and the Puebloans also know was “ Anasazi” which means “ Ancient ones” or “ Ancient enemy” in Navijo. Archeologist says that the Anasazi starts around the 1,200 B.C. They started out as nomads so they favorited plateau areas filled with water so the started out in locations like Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Keyenta. But then they expanded to other places like Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Archeologist split the Anasazi into two eras The Blackest…

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