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(Compiled by Jo)


UTAH INFORMATION


WASATCH MOUNTAINS

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STATE NAME
Ute Indian word meaning
"home on mountain top"

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"Utah is the rooftop of the United States.  The average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah´s counties is 11,222 ft. above sea level - higher than the same average in any other state."
(Hiking Utah´s Summits by Paula Huff)

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HIGHEST AND LOWEST POINT

€ KINGS PEAK
13,528 ft
(Located in the Uinta Mountains, Duchesne Co.
NE part of state)

€ BEAVER DAM WASH
2,350 ft.
(Near St. George, Washington Co.
SW part of state)

GREAT SALT LAKE

Area 1,060,000 acres
Average elevation 4,200 ft.
Highest elevation (1986) 4,211.85 ft.
Lowest elevation (1963) 4,191 ft. 

MAJOR MOUNTAIN RANGES

€ UINTA
Named after the Ute Indians, only East - West
axis mountains in North America

€ WASATCH
Ute Indian name meaning "mountain pass"
or "low place in a high mountain"

€ OQUIRRH
Location of the world's largest open pit copper mine.

The elevation of the Oquirrh Mountains' highest point is 11,000 feet.

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MAJOR RIVERS

€ BEAR RIVER
€ COLORADO RIVER
€ GREEN RIVER
€ PROVO RIVER
€ SEVIER RIVER
€ SAN JUAN RIVER
€ WEBER RIVER


More Information About The Oquirrh Mountains

The Oquirrh Mountains are composed of a Paleozoic sedimentary suite that is more that 22,000 feet thick. Along the western flank of the range (Mercur district), the primary units are the Mississippian Deseret Limestone, Humbug Formation, Great Blue Limestone, and Manning Canyon Shale. These units are deformed into a series of northwest trending folds, including the Ophir Anticline in the vicinity of the Mercur mine (Koschmann and Bergendahl, 1968). The folding is the result of Sevier style "thin skinned" deformation, with regional principal compression from the southwest (Atkinson, ed., 1976). The sedimentary layers are intruded by various igneous dikes, and are cut by numerous normal faults. The igneous dikes are predominantly composed of quartz monzonite porphyry. South of the Mercur mine, stocks and sills of Tertiary Eagle Hill rhyolite are also found (Gilluly, 1932).