Continental Divide


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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
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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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Evangelicalism as a religious phenomenon (experience, belief, morals, practice, commitment) among core adherents does not vary significantly across the continental divide.
But for all the interwoven cunning of the narrative and Edgar's empathic consideration for the task at hand, "Continental Divide" voices its concerns without really dramatizing them and then leaves a highly variable American east for the most part stranded, with very little resembling actual characters to play.
However, the distance from the Amazon's mouth to the continental divide near the challenger is shorter, and the water doesn't flow year-round in the contender's upper reaches.
* On July 22, MSPVA chapter members had the opportunity to enjoy rafting down the Colorado River, just west of the Continental Divide. Divided between two rafts, the adventurers raced through the area's canyons and past cliffs.
It is a quintessential suburb of 35,000, where rolling farmland in the shadow of the Continental Divide is rapidly yielding to suburban sprawl and soccer fields.
Well-resolved works like Continental Divide, the 1994 video in which the artist literally "beats up on herself," sit next to negligible scraps: the black egg whites, for example.
We have been following the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico (see map on page 9).
Border-crossing is internalized in Butor's collection so that the split self now faces a continental divide when it looks into its own heart.
Imagine walking along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, a route that draws a 3,100-mile line atop mountain ranges from Canada to Mexico.
It is a tour through time along the band of the Continental Divide and its foothills through New Mexico, Arizona, and a tiny part of Mexico.
The Rockies form the Continental Divide separating Pacific drainage from Atlantic (Gulf of Mexico) and Arctic drainage.

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