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INTRODUCTION

ARTICLE

WHERE ON EARTH?

LIFE ZONES OF 
THE ROCKY 
MOUNTAINS

POSTER

CLASSROOM
ACTIVITIES

Rivers Run From It

Take a Trip

Zones of Life

Geology Rocks

Rocky Mountain Animals Then and Now

REFERENCES

Based on an article in
Science & Children Magazine,
Published by the National Science Teachers Association, Nov.-Dec. 2004







Where on Earth?

Stretching from New Mexico into Canada, the "Rockies" are actually a series of more than 50 distinct mountain ranges with elevations ranging from 1,500 to 4,400 m, the highest peak being Colorado's Mount Elbert. Rivers formed high in the Rockies flow through as many as seven distinct ecosystems on their way from their mountaintop headwaters to the deserts and plains below.

Map of the Rockies with inset showing rain shadow effect

 

 
Last updated: 11-13-2009