The American West - Elevation Tints
The mountainous character of the American West is beautifully shown on
this map. The “valleys” are mostly very large structural features, from
the Puget-Willamette Trough in the North to the Rift Valley of the Gulf
of California to the South. Intermountain plateaus and basins throughout
the West are defined by their bordering ridges. The northern part of
the High Plains was shaped by ice sheets, but the plains represent the
accumulating sediments shed by innumerable successive ranges.
includes all of the eleven western states (Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, and Colorado), and extends east well into
the high plains, up into Canada as far as Edmonton, and down into Mexico
past Chihuahua. About half of Texas is shown, including all of the
Panhandle and the border as far down as Eagle Pass / Piedras Negras.
All map dimensions are approximate.