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Colorado Plateau


from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large plateau to the south and west of the Rocky Mountains; abuts mountains on the north and east and ends in an escarpment overlooking lowlands to the south and west; the Grand Canyon is carved out of the southwestern corner


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  • The greatest threat to wildlife on the Colorado Plateau is the destruction of native fish by dam-building and other forms of development.

    Colorado Plateau shrublands

  • The Colorado Plateau is the only area in the United States and Canada where large mountain rivers run through exposed sandstone.

    Colorado Plateau shrublands

  • And it's a great challenge, but it's one of the main aquifers for the Colorado Plateau, which is the place where the water can be found, if you could find the crack systems.

    NPR Topics: News

  • And scientists say they are also understanding for the first time the deep connections between the dust's main source - a vast high-desert region called the Colorado Plateau, which stretches through four states and is home to national parks like the Grand Canyon and Arches - and the economic, environmental and demographic life in cities and suburbs far removed.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Colorado Plateau tree-ring records reveal severe droughts between 1564 and 1600 and again from 1868 to 1892.

    Brian Fagan: John Wesley Powell Was Right

  • And because the river drains the Colorado Plateau, largely made of soft, easily eroded sandstone, the Colorado's sediment load is much more than that of any other large river in the U.S., up to one pound for every 30 gallons.

    Can-Do Spirit in the Desert

  • In the U.S., persistent drought on the Colorado Plateau has so significantly lowered water levels in the Colorado River and Lake Mead that Hoover Dam is fast approaching the day when it will no longer produce any power.

    J. Carl Ganter: Cancun Climate Negotiators Anticipate Scant Progress

  • That left the vanadium-uranium beds of the Colorado Plateau—within the Navajo borders and without.

    Yellow Dirt

  • On April 11, 1948, the AEC sounded the call to arms, announcing that the commission would pay $20.40 per ton of uranium-bearing ore from the Colorado Plateau, beating by more than 50 percent the previous high price for any type of ore in the area.7 That price would be good for three years.

    Yellow Dirt

  • In the end, 12.5 percent of the uranium used in the Manhattan Project came from the Colorado Plateau, including the Navajo vanadium mines.28 That translated to some 2.7 million pounds of uranium oxide—yellowcake—purchased for more than $2 million, or 77 cents a pound.29 Monument No. 1 was the source of more than ten thousand tons of ore.

    Yellow Dirt


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