regions of the united states the rocky mountains
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Regions of the United StatesThe Rocky Mountains
Mountain and Basin StatesStates included: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada,
Physical Geography Characterized by the steep and jagged Rocky Mountain Range, foothills of the Rockies, High Deserts and Intermountain Basins.Diverse physical region, including landforms and climates.
ClimatesHighland climate is found throughout the RockiesDesert and Steppe are found in the Southwest and Basin area.In general, the area is arid or dry. Farming is done with irrigation.
Historical Geography Mining townsOutlaws (Wild West)Cattle/Sheep GrazingReservation LandsLas Vegas and Reno- Gambling townsNational Park Service
Population GeographyNot densely populated. Major urban centers include: Denver, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City.
Cultural Heritage of the West Old Mining ghost town exemplify the culture of the mountain states. When mining diminished, tourism took over.Mountain towns are known for their transient population, seasonal employment, and influx of tourists.Likewise, the Basin states are home to the largest number of National Parks.
Regions of the United States
Southwestern States States included: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona.
Physical Geography Characterized by the foothills of the Rockies, Deserts and Coastal plains along the Gulf Coast.Diverse physical region, including landforms and climates. High elevations and low.
ClimatesDesert and Steppe are found in most of the Southwest. Humid Subtropical is found in Eastern Texas.In general, the area is arid. Farming is done with irrigation.
Cultural Heritage of the SouthwestStrong Spanish and Native American influences in the Southwest.Unique foods, art, architecture, and music.
Population GeographyPopulation density varies greatly. Major urban centers include: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Phoenix.
Economic ActivityGrazing and RanchingMiningOil/PetroleumTourismFishing along the Gulf coast