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Mountains of the Four Corners Region, USA – December 16th, 2009

36.9N 109.1W

December 16th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

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The Four Corners is a region of the United States consisting of southwest Colorado, northwest New Mexico, northeast Arizona and southeast Utah. The boundaries of the four states listed above meet at one point, just left of the center of this image. It is the only such geographic point in the entire United States.

The Four Corners is part of a high Colorado Plateau. This makes the area a center for weather systems, which stabilize on the plateau then proceed eastward toward the central and mountain states. This weather system creates snow and rain fall over the central United States.

Mountain Ranges in the Four Corners include Sleeping Ute Mountains, Abajo Mountains and the Chuska Mountains. Protected areas in the Four Corners area include Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park and Monument Valley.

Also visible at the center left is the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, encompassing the area around Lake Powell and lower Cataract Canyon in Utah and Arizona. This national recreation area covers 1,254,429 acres (5,076 kmĀ²).

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