Continental Divide


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Continental Divide,

the "backbone" of a continent. In North America, from N Alaska to New Mexico, it moves along the crest of the Rocky Mts., which separates streams with outlets to the west of the divide from those with outlets to the east. In SW New Mexico the divide crosses an area of low relief; it becomes more distinct in N Mexico, where it follows the Sierra Madre Occidental. In the United States it has been called the Great Divide, a name also occasionally used to designate the whole Rocky Mt. system, especially the southern section, where the high, rugged ranges presented an almost impenetrable barrier to westbound explorers and settlers. GlacierGlacier National Park,
1,013,572 acres (410,497 hectares), NW Mont.; est. 1910. Straddling the Continental Divide, the park contains some of the most beautiful primitive wilderness in the Rocky Mts.
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, YellowstoneYellowstone National Park,
2,219,791 acres (899,015 hectares), the world's first national park (est. 1872), NW Wyo., extending into Montana and Idaho. It lies mainly on a broad plateau in the Rocky Mts., on the Continental Divide, c.
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, and Rocky Mountain national parks lie on the Continental Divide, and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail runs along it (see National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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, table). There also are other, lower and less extensive divides in North America, such as the eastern one formed mainly by the Appalachian Mts.

continental divide

[¦känt·ən¦ent·əl di′vīd]
(geology)
A drainage divide of a continent, separating streams that flow in opposite directions; for example, the divide in North America that separates watersheds of the Pacific Ocean from those of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Bonus Question: The Continental Divide separates westward-flowing and eastward-flowing rivers in North America.
Guanacaste Conservation Area encloses an entire ecosystem, from the ocean past the Continental Divide.
Aptly named Appalachian Trail Mix, High Sierra Blend and Continental Divide Blend, each Trail Mix variety is designated in honor of the three classic trails to raise awareness for trail preservation.
This 10,000-square-mile area--the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem--supports major populations of the endangered gray wolf and bald eagle and the threatened grizzly bear.
Author and photographer Neider gives us plenty of reasons to go or to stay with about a dozen descriptions of such luminous spots of land as Pike's Peak, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and the Continental Divide, giving very detailed maps, comments and resources for more study.
There are human beings currently inhabiting this planet who think that scaling Kilimanjaro, diving with sharks in the Barrier Reef, hiking through the Continental Divide, snow-shoeing across Antarctica, cliff diving in Fiji, paddling through fjords in Iceland, offroading through Senegal, swamp-buggy riding through the Louisiana Bayou, whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon, heli-skiing in British Columbia, scuba diving in Bonaire and surfing off that seven-mile stretch of Oahu known as the North Shore should be experienced at any cost before our time is up.
Four mountain ranges--all of volcanic origin--form a continental divide down the center of the country, one determining factor in Costa Rica's tropical climate.
With an average snowfall of 346 inches, more than 5,000 acres of skiable terrain stretching over seven miles, and spectacular views of the Gore Range and Continental Divide, Vail is a "must ski" for Exclusive Resorts members during the winter months.
Unable to find game when crossing the Continental Divide, the Lewis and Clark party ate some of their horses and candles to survive, but apparently left no record of what wines go best with fillet of filly.
Hot, dry winds pushed the fire with such ferocity that by the time it had climbed 1,000 feet in elevation, a column of smoke was billowing high enough to be visible in Fraser, Colorado, 60 miles away on the west side of the Continental Divide.
Granite Mountain (2844 ft above sea level) is the geographical boundary of the Fairhaven and Koyuk mining districts and defines the continental divide for this part of North America.
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