Utah Geography

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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

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Great Basin (Western) Rattlesnake

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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.

Metadata Application Profile (V3)

This is a draft of the Mountain West Digital Library Metadata Application Profile (V3). Element Name date Label Date DC Definition A point or period of time associated with an event in the lifecycle of the resource. Is Field Required? Yes Is Field Repeatable? No How to Use A resource may have several dates associated … Continue reading Metadata Application Profile (V3)

Snapshot Sessions: MWDL Website

Jon Wiggins, MWDL Abstract Overview of the development and redesign of MWDL's new external website, launched in Spring 2018. Bio Jon Wiggins is an undergraduate student at University of Utah studying Computer Science and served as the MWDL Web Software Developer from 2017-18.

Snapshot Sessions: Oregon Digital

Margaret Mellinger, OSU & Julia Simic, UO Libraries Abstract A unique collaboration between the University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries & Press, Oregon Digital is a Samvera Project. Julia and Margaret give an overview of the project to move away from CONTENTdm to Samvera and also discuss future directions. Bio Margaret Mellinger … Continue reading Snapshot Sessions: Oregon Digital

DPLA Live Stream Recording

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 Recording

Snapshot Sessions: Utah Digital Newspapers

Harish Maringanti & Jeremy Myntti, University of Utah Marriott Library Abstract Utah Digital Newspapers (UDN) hosts over 2.5 million newspaper pages from 160 different titles dating from 1850-2016. This presentation will discuss the history of UDN and where the program is headed in the future. Bio Jeremy Myntti is Head of Digital Library Services at … Continue reading Snapshot Sessions: Utah Digital Newspapers

Snapshot Sessions: Metadata Approaches at UNLV

Darnelle Melvin, UNLV Abstract This presentation shares our vision for metadata management as we build our future digital asset management system that supports semantic queries and visualizations, and other digital services and applications.  I will also discuss some approaches we have implemented in anticipation of migrating our digital collections out of CONTENTdm and into a … Continue reading Snapshot Sessions: Metadata Approaches at UNLV

Snapshot Sessions: Western Name Authority

Anna Neatrour, University of Utah Marriott Library Abstract The Western Name Authority File (WNAF) project was funded by an IMLS grant to pilot a system for developing a regional authority file for personal names and corporate bodies from digital collection metadata. As we near the end of the two year grant, we will provide information … Continue reading Snapshot Sessions: Western Name Authority

Reuse Continued – NOVEL

Nancy Lombardo, EHSL Abstract The Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) and the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society (NANOS) built a discipline specific open repository, the Neuro-ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL), to support international education and research. NOVEL has become the primary educational platform for NANOS. Working together since 2003 has led to strong relationships between EHSL … Continue reading Reuse Continued – NOVEL

MWDL Activity Report

Kinza Masood, MWDL Abstract As part of the ‘Impact’ presentation series at the MWDL Summer 2018 Conference, Kinza Masood talked to the MWDL community about the impact of preserving, curating, digitizing, hosting, and sharing our digital content, and the future implications and impact of the work that we do today. Bio Kinza Masood is the … Continue reading MWDL Activity Report

Zion National Park

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

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

Counties of Deseret

Counties existing in Deseret at the end of 1850 are blacked in on the map. The first counties were restricted to inhabited valleys. Iron County between January and December 1850 was called Little Salt Lake County. Davis County was created in October, 1850, out of Weber and Great Salt Lake Counties; the latter originally extended … Continue reading Counties of Deseret

Manti National Forest; Great Basin Forest Experiment Station