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

(hē`lə), river, 630 mi (1,014 km) long, rising in the mountains of W N.Mex. and flowing W across Ariz. to the Colorado River at Yuma, Ariz.; the San Francisco River is its main tributary. The Gila valley was occupied by the ancestors of the Pima and Tohono O'Odham ethnic groups, who farmed the region by irrigation. The ruins of their dwellings are preserved in Casa Grande Ruins and Gila Cliff Dwellings national monuments (see National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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, table). In the river's headwater region are Gila National Forest and the government-preserved "unimproved" Gila Wilderness Area. The Gila and its tributaries have many dams to provide flood control, hydroelectricity, and water for irrigation and homes in the arid Southwest (see Salt River valleySalt River valley,
irrigated region around the lower course of the Salt River, which rises in mountain streams near the Mogollon Rim of the Mogollon Plateau and flows southwest to join the Gila River in S central Arizona. Phoenix is the main city of the latter Ariz. region.
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), and as a result the river is now greatly reduced or dry below Phoenix. Coolidge and Painted Rock dams are the largest dams on the Gila River. Gila monstersgila monster
, venomous lizard, Heloderma suspectum, found in the deserts of the SW United States and NW Mexico. It averages 18 in. (45 cm) in length, with a large head, stout body, thick tail that acts as a food reservoir, and short legs with strong claws.
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 (poisonous reptiles) are numerous in the Gila valley.

Gila

 

a river in the southwestern USA, a left tributary of the Colorado River. The Gila is 1,040 km long and drains an area of 150,000 sq km. It rises in the mountains at the southern margin of the Colorado Plateau and flows through a canyon-like valley in its upper and middle courses. The river is fed by rain. In its lower course, in the Gila Desert, it is usually dry. The Gila has a mean flow rate of 0.6 cu m per sec. The Coolidge and Gillespie dams have been built on the river’s middle course.

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transferor will be informed of any subsequent disposition of property on which gain recognition would be required under the new GILA (notice of subsequent disposition statement).
Gila River Telecommunications' service area is adjacent to the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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The ACC granted APS a CEC for the North Gila Substation to TS8 Substation 230 kV Transmission Project on January 26, 2012.
The forest service should find places like the Gila, Leopold advised, and then it should command: "This is wilderness, and wilderness it shall remain.