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Colorado is a state located in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. Colorado may also be considered to be a part of the Western, Southwestern, Midwestern, and Central regions of the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 4,753,377 in 2006, a 10.49% increase since U.S. Census 2000. Denver is the capital and the most populous city of Colorado. Citizens of Colorado are known as Coloradans.
The State of Colorado is defined as the geospherical rectangle that stretches from 37°N to 41°N latitude and from 102°03’W to 109°03’W longitude (25°W to 32°W from the Washington Meridian). Colorado is one of only three U.S. states (with Wyoming and Utah) that have only lines of latitude and longitude for boundaries.
The summit of Mount Elbert at 4401 meters (14,440 feet) elevation in Lake County is the state’s highest point and the highest point in the entire Rocky Mountains. Colorado has approximately 550 mountain peaks that exceed 4000 meters (13,123 feet) elevation. Colorado is the only U.S. state that lies entirely above 1000 meters (3281 feet) elevation. The state’s lowest elevation is 1010 meters (3315 feet) at the point on the eastern boundary of Yuma County where the Arikaree River flows into the State of Kansas.
East of the Southern Rocky Mountains are the Colorado Eastern Plains of the High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from 3315 to 6562 feet (1010 to 2000 meters). The states of Kansas and Nebraska border Colorado to the east. The plains are sparsely settled with most population along the South Platte and the Arkansas rivers. Rainfall is meager, averaging from 12 to 18 inches (300 to 450 millimeters) annually. There is some irrigated farming, but much of the land is used for dryland farming or ranching. Winter wheat is a typical crop and most small towns in the region boast both a water tower and a grain elevator.
The bulk of Colorado’s population lives along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in the Front Range Urban Corridor. This region is partially protected from prevailing storms by the high mountains to the west.
To the west lies the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains with notable peaks such as Longs Peak, Mount Evans, Pikes Peak, and the Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg in the south. This area drains to the east, is forested, and partially urbanized.
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Sep 28, 2016 11:57 pm
As of Wednesday afternoon, natural gas service for more than half of the 550-plus homes and businesses affected by an outage in Durango had been turned back on, an Atmos Energy spokesman said.Darwin W...
Sep 28, 2016 11:46 pm
Meetings and EventsDurango High Noon Rotary meeting, noon, lunch $17, DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio, Club of Durango meeting, noon, Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main...
Sep 28, 2016 11:46 pm
The formula used by the state to allocate its share of the funds to K-12 education is complex, and it hasn?t been updated for more than two decades.In August, Durango School District 9-R officially re...
Sep 28, 2016 11:39 pm
One of four men suspected of storming into a house and killing an occupant in a marijuana heist gone bad indicated Wednesday he is close to striking a plea agreement in the case.Daniel Nelson Wright, ...
Sep 28, 2016 11:39 pm
What matters perhaps the most to voters when considering a ballot initiative at the polls is how that measure would affect their wallets.This year, La Plata County, the city of Durango and two school ...
Sep 28, 2016 10:21 pm
The Gena Rych Memorial 5K, a Women?s Resource Center fundraising event, is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 9 at Animas Surgical Hospital, 575 Rivergate Lane.The 5K is part of the Durango Double, a two-day running...
Sep 28, 2016 10:20 pm
Fort Lewis College visiting assistant professor Paige Gray wrote an essay for The Conversation, that was picked up by Time magazine.Called ?Kids Don?t Need to Understand Grit?, she evaluates a current...
Sep 28, 2016 9:27 pm
A fundraiser for Durango Film An Independent Film Festival will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 7.Participants will begin by meeting at Rochester Hotel. Then they will split into three groups to visi...
Sep 28, 2016 9:26 pm
Durango PoliceWednesday3:17 a.m. A man was destroying property at Days Inn, 3030 Main Ave. Police made an arrest.3:37 a.m. A man broke into a vehicle in the 800 block of Main Avenue. Police made an...
Sep 28, 2016 7:30 pm
HERMOSA PARK ? The heavy equipment working on the East Fork of Hermosa Creek this month was surprisingly delicate and precise as it transformed eroded streambanks and shallow braided waters into prime...
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