The Forests of the United States

The Forests of the United States

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...south of the southern limit of the reserve. The area of the reserve is 1,198,080 acres, or 1,870 square miles. The Bighorn Range has the form of an ellipse, the axis of which is somewhat curved, trending in the southern part nearly north and south and in the northern part to the northwest. The breadth ranges from 30 to 50 miles and the length is between 75 and 100 miles. On the east are the plains and on the west is the Bighorn Basin. Structurally the range consists of a great anticlinal fold, broad, flat, and rising steeply upon the flanks. The country on either side has an elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level, while the summit of the range has an altitude for the most part of 7,500 to 9,000 feet. In general, the summit of the range is a plateau whose surface is undulating and hilly and presents comparatively little relief; but here and there rise granite summits to altitudes exceeding 10,000 feet, and about the middle of the plateau there rises a range of mountains 3,000 to 4,000 feet above its surface, or 12,000 to 13,000 feet above the sea, the highest summit of this range being Cloud Peak, with an altitude of 13,100 feet. While the entire area of the Bighorn Mountains, with the exception of a small region above timber line, is, judging from its climate and other indications, capable of producing forests, the general aspect of the reserve is that of a lightly timbered region. It contains no large or valuable timber. It is only in a very few localities that any timber suitable for the sawmill is to be found, and a large proportional area, probably quite one-half, consists of open parks. Nearly all of the timbered region has been burned over, and much of it has been repeatedly subjected to devastation from fires. In the park more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236597478
  • 9781236597472