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The High Peaks Of The Rocky Mountains
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February 2, 2009 - The high peaks of the Rocky Mountains covered with snow. The Rocky Mountains are a range that runs from Western Canada into the American West. In this image, you can see the portion of it that is in (clockwise from the top left) Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. There are also pockets of snow in Nevada, and among the canyons of Arizona.The Colorado River is fed by mountain snow in Colorado, shown in the center of the image. The river itself can be seen winding across the pink deserts of the southeast corner of Utah and into northern Arizona where it cut the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is visible in the northwest corner of Arizona, running approximately horizontally. The Painted Desert, pink and orange in color, is to its east, running southwards.The large lake visible in Utah, which looks half green and half purple, is the Great Salt Lake. The distinctly different coloration between the northern and southern arms of it is the result of a rock-filled causeway built in 1953 to support a permanent railroad. The causeway has resulted in decreased circulation between the two arms and higher salinity on the northern side.
December 8th, 2011
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