Utah has three regions based on landforms, meaning the Utah’s terrain. In technical terms, Utah has portions of three of the 10 – 20 “physiographic regions” of North America:
- The Basin and Range physiographic region,
- The Rocky Mountain physiographic region, and
- The Colorado Plateau physiographic region.
These three regions differ because they have had different geologic histories. The consequence of their cumulative geologic histories means that Utah has three sets of scenery, three sets of resources, and three sets of geologic hazards.
It also means that Utahns witness these contrasts as we travel our great state. Earth Science Education intends to explore contrasts among regions because the contrasts provide context for appreciating patterns of (a) terrain, (b) Earth materials, and (c) the effects of the role of water on Earth’s surface.
This website needs great images of Utah’s contrasting regions. Please consider contributing non-copyrighted images. Of course we will acknowledge their source.