Utah Geography

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Utah has a geography that people come from all over the world to visit.  Utah’s geography also provides the foundation for a diverse people and the resources for a vibrant economy. Utah is generally divided into three distinct regions:   the Great Basin Region, the Rocky Mountain Region, and the Colorado Plateau. Among those regions are a large number of National Parks and Monuments. Because Utah is in an arid region of the United States, water will always play a crucial role in its development.  The geography of Utah can be studied through the five themes of geography which are: Location, Place, Region, Movement and Human-Environmental Interaction.

The Great Basin National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2006 to recognize its “classic western landscape that contains long natural vistas, isolated high desert valleys, mountain ranges, ranches, mines, historic railroads, archaeological sites and tribal communities.” The recognized Area is made up of two neighboring counties, White Pine in Nevada and Millard in Utah, as representative of the larger geographic Great Basin. The Great Basin National Heritage Partnership was designated at the local coordinating entity for the Area.

Great Basin Spadefoot

https://mwdl-epublishing.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2019/01/Great_Basin_Spadefoot_calls_1.mp4

Great Basin (Western) Rattlesnake

https://mwdl-epublishing.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2019/01/Great_Basin_Rattlesnake_1.mp4

Map of the Territory West of the Rocky Mountains

The second map included in Washington Irving’s book: The Rocky Mountains; or Scenes, Incidents, and Adventures in the Far West. Later this was called The Adventures of Captain Bonneville. This book together with this map produced by Capt. Bonneville was a result of his expedition, was published in 1837

Manti National Forest; Great Basin Forest Experiment Station

Shortest Route to California

An account of the shortest route to California illustrated by a history of explorations of the Great Basin of Utah with its topographical and geological character and some account of the Indian tribes PDF can be found here.

National Park Service sound spectrograms

Map detailing the Great Basin area of Utah and Nevada

View of Mt. Washington

View of parachute formations in Lehman Cave.

View of the natural entrance to Lehman Cave

Colorado River Bridge (Moab, Utah). The highway to the left is US 160. The photo was taken in July when the water was high and the river at a flood state. Regular boat trips are scheduled from this point to Lees Ferry, a distance of nearly 270 miles.

Closing Remarks

Greg Thompson, UU Marriott Abstract Greg Thompson of UU Special Collections wraps up the day with remarks on the MWDL community’s longevity and thoughts on sustainability. Bio Gregory C. Thompson, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library for Special Collections and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. He … Continue reading Closing Remarks

Historical and Contemporary Photographs of Religious Architecture in Salt Lake City

Ken Rockwell, UU Marriott Abstract Ken introduces a new, born-digital photograph collection of religious architecture throughout Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. Bio Ken Rockwell has been with the University of Utah Marriott Library as a librarian since September 11, 1989. Exactly 30 years and a day from the day this went on our … Continue reading Historical and Contemporary Photographs of Religious Architecture in Salt Lake City

Building an Education Toolkit

Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract Kinza gives an update on MWDL’s work to date creating an primary source education toolkit with the help of UVU Professor Axel Ramirez and UVU education students. Bio Kinza Masood is the Director of Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL). She works with partner institutions around the Mountain West region to collaborate … Continue reading Building an Education Toolkit

Making One Scan do the Work of Four

Ryan Ehrfurth, Arizona Memory Project Abstract Ryan discusses State of Arizona Research Library’s ongoing work to improve access to and availability of documents scanned via a special collection in Arizona Memory Project. Bio Ehrfurth is the digital platform coordinator at the State of Arizona Research Library, where he works to make library resources and information … Continue reading Making One Scan do the Work of Four

Copyright

Allyson Mower, UU Marriott Abstract Allyson’s presentation covers basics of copyright law as it pertains to digital libraries. Bio Born and raised in Utah, spent two summers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and three years in Annapolis, Maryland. I'm a librarian and a big fan of information. I am interested in how digital technology changes the … Continue reading Copyright

MWDL Metadata & Systems Overview

Teresa K. Hebron, MWDL Abstract This presentation covers 2019 MWDL harvesting statistics, a tour of the new search portal look and feel, and an overview of the DPLA Analytics Dashboard tool. Bio Teresa Hebron is the Digital Metadata Librarian at Mountain West Digital Library. Prior to joining MWDL, she worked from 2007-2016 with an ILS … Continue reading MWDL Metadata & Systems Overview

MWDL Update

Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract Updates on MWDL activities including launching our new e-publishing platform on WordPress, presentations, outreach activities, relationship with DPLA, and promotional analytics. Bio Kinza Masood is the Director of Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL). She works with partner institutions around the Mountain West region to collaborate on digital library workflows and projects. … Continue reading MWDL Update

DPLA Live Stream

John Bracken, DPLA; Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract: Live stream with DPLA Executive Director John Bracken and Director of Technology Michael Della Bitta , moderated by MWDL Director Kinza Masood. Bio John Bracken became the Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in 2017. A Chicago native, Bracken received his undergraduate degree from … Continue reading DPLA Live Stream

WWI Records Online

Gina Strack, Utah State Archives Abstract In recognition of the centenary (100 years) of World War I, the Utah State Archives and Records Service embarked on a major project that involved public programming, a series of blog posts, and a number of new digital collections from 2017 to 2018. Bio Gina Strack has been at … Continue reading WWI Records Online

Saltair: Utah State History’s First Omeka Exhibit

Melissa Coy, DHA Abstract From its opening day in 1893 until 1930, Saltair operated during a time of major social and cultural changes in the state of Utah. This presentation outlines the goals and challenges of producing State History's first curated digital exhibit. By creating new digital objects and re-using previously digitized materials, curated exhibits … Continue reading Saltair: Utah State History’s First Omeka Exhibit

Zion National Park

September Partner Spotlight: University of Utah

Welcome to MWDL’s first partner spotlight! We’ll be writing one of these overviews for each of our partners over the coming months so be on the lookout for an email from our metadata assistant, Keegan Dohm. In late summer I met with Jeremy Myntti, Head of Digital Library Services at the U, to talk about … Continue reading September Partner Spotlight: University of Utah

MWDL Fall Update

With most schools and universities back in session the summer is quickly coming to an end, but before we fall off daylight savings time, we have a few noteworthy MWDL items for you. DPLA Our August DPLA harvest completed several weeks ago and we are up to 1,086,044 records in their portal. Thanks to everyone … Continue reading MWDL Fall Update

Opening and Closing Remarks on MWDL 2019 Summer Conference Community Day Offered by Dr. Gregory C. Thompson

GREGORY C. THOMPSON Gregory C. Thompson, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library for Special Collections and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University (1965), Bachelor of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College (1967), and his Master of … Continue reading Opening and Closing Remarks on MWDL 2019 Summer Conference Community Day Offered by Dr. Gregory C. Thompson

Collecting Yellowstone Conference at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

In a couple of days, various institutions will converge on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to share their Yellowstone related collections in preparation for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Park. That’s a fancy way of saying the park is turning 150 years old soon. So, in partnership within partnership with Brigham Young University … Continue reading Collecting Yellowstone Conference at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Looking Back to International Women’s Day

What do yellow mimosas, violets, and lily-of-the-valley have in common (aside from their perfumery nature)? Each is a symbol of International Women’s Day! Dozens of countries celebrate this holiday on March 8 every year and though it isn’t recognized as any sort of official holiday in the US, it’s the perfect excuse to highlight some … Continue reading Looking Back to International Women’s Day

Petroglyphs – White Canyon Utah

Petroglyphs – Vernal Utah

Petroglyphs – Dry Fork, Utah

Black History Month

February is Black History Month and to help celebrate we’re going to throw a spotlight on some MWDL collections that highlight some important people, events, and experiences of Black communities in the Mountain West region. Celebrate with us by perusing the collections below! African American Experience Collection – UNLV This collection presenting the experience of … Continue reading Black History Month

Great Basin Spadefoot

https://mwdl-epublishing.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2019/01/Great_Basin_Spadefoot_calls_1.mp4