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Tour of Park Geology - Colorado Plateau


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This region is one of the world's premier natural showcases for Earth history. Encompassing 240,000 square miles, the Colorado Plateau straddles the region known as Four Corners, where the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico meet. Ancient volcanic mountains, plateaus and buttes, deeply carved canyons, and amazing ranges in color are the region's defining characteristics. Elevation for the Colorado Plateau starts at about 2,000 feet above sea level, with plateau tops ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 feet and mountaintops reaching nearly 13,000 feet.


Colorado Plateau Geology

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Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
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