May 4, 200608:02 AMThe Life
Deserts of the world: Colorado Plateau
May 4, 2006 - 08:02 AMThe Colorado Plateau is centered in northeastern Arizona, near the adjacent Four Corners region of New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and extending into Wyoming. Its 130,000 square miles are sometimes included in the Great Basin Desert, sometimes considered a separate desert (the Navajoan, or "Painted" Desert) and sometimes not considered a true desert at all.
The Plateau contains juniper and pinyon trees, but also includes large barren areas, with spectacularly colorful geological formations: mesas (broad, flat-topped steep hills), buttes (narrow, flat-topped steep hills) and water-carved sedimentary rock, including the Grand Canyon. [Click thumbnail photo to enlarge.]