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By Thomas P. Huber

Colorado: where of Nature the character of position is a well timed average background of Colorado that appears at numerous environments in the nation and the way they've been altered by way of human intervention. The twelve environments awarded are targeted but consultant samples of the flora and fauna of Colorado and have been selected no longer for his or her recognition yet for his or her pristine personality. Their destinations diversity from the sweeping grasslands and wide river valleys of the jap plains to the extra rugged terrain of the montane and subalpine existence zones.

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The variation is also quite dramatic diurnally and seasonally. In places like South Park and the San Luis Valley, the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary by more than 50 degrees F in a 12-hour period. Colorado can have some of the best weather in the world with cool, dry, sunny days and mild nights; it can also have some of the most severe conditions imaginable for example, we hold the 24-hour maximum snowfall record of 76 inches, which occurred near Silver Lake in the Indian Peaks region.

The study of these forces and the landforms they create is called geomorphology. Copernicus once stated that nature loves a sphere. The perfect shape for a planet, star, or other celestial body is the sphere. Any object that protrudes above the surface of the perfect sphere has the tendency to wear away; any depression below the main level of the surface has a tendency to be filled in by the material from above. When the mountains are uplifted, they are immediately and relentlessly attacked by running water, blowing wind, gouging ice, and the ever-present pull of gravity.

In a very tangible way, geology is the canvas upon which the natural portrait of Colorado is painted. When you look at even a general road map of Colorado, you see distinctive regions set off by settlement distributions, river patterns, and road networks. If you were to look at a geologic map, you would see why these regions show up so well: the geology coerces certain patterns. 1). The major provinces include the Great Plains, the Southern Rocky Mountains, and the Colorado Plateau. These three provinces constitute about 95 percent of the state (Great Plains 40%, Southern Rocky Mountains 35%, and Colorado Plateau 20%).

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