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date: 24 March 2023

Rocky Mountains, 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Jon T. KilpinenJon T. Kilpinen

a series of largely parallel ranges in western North America, including the Sangre de Cristo, Front, Wind, Absaroka, and Bitterroot ranges. They extend chiefly through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, rising sharply from the Great Plains and contrasting with the intermontane plateaus and Great Basin farther west. Geologically young, the Rockies exhibit faulting, glaciation, and volcanism, resulting in rugged, spectacularly scenic terrain. Colorado's Mount Elbert, at 14,433 feet, is the highest point in the Rockies. National parks like Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Glacier, and Yellowstone preserve this stunning scenery.... ...

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