For the Love of Geography: U-Shape Valley

U-Shaped valleys are just what they sound like – a valley shaped like a “U”. These valleys are the result of glaciers carving further into an existing depression created from a river called a v-shaped valley. The valley is transformed from gradually sloping side to steep sides and a flat bottom. Rivers often remain from glacial melting that replace the original river. U-shaped valleys are found at high mountain altitudes worldwide.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

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For the Love of Geography: Desert lands of the Great Basin

Caribou National Forest, Idaho

Caribou National Forest, Idaho

Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming

Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming

Sego Canyon, Utah

Sego Canyon, Utah

Great Salt Desert, Utah

Great Salt Desert, Utah

 

Other posts in this series on Deserts: Great Basin, Chihuahuan Desert, High Desert Land, Sonoran Desert

 

For the Love of Geography: Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains were formed over 70 million years ago and extend over 3000 miles. The Rockies consists of nearly 70 mountain ranges from northern British Columbia, Canada to the Rio Grande River in New Mexico.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Other posts in this series on Mountains: Appalachians, Rockies