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In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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National Park Service, Colorado Plateau
Take a tour of the parks on the plateau and get a lesson on geology.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Read more about plateau geology, plus learn what kinds of dinosaurs and fossils may be found in the Bureau of Land Management's first and largest national monument.

Land-Use History of North America: Colorado Plateau
An extensive website describing the people, places, and ecology of the plateau, and the land-use issues that surround them.

South Utah Wilderness Alliance: Colorado Plateau
Learn more about some of the plateau's environmental issues in the region's heart of southern Utah.


Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire. Ballantine Books, 1968.

Baars, Donald L. The Colorado Plateau: A Geologic History. University of New Mexico Press, 1983.

Murray, John A. The Colorado Plateau: A Complete Guide to the National Parks and Monuments of Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, Western Colorado, and Northwestern New Mexico. Northland Publishing, 1998.

Ringholz, Raye C. Uranium Frenzy: Boom and Bust on the Colorado Plateau. W. W. Norton and Company, 1989.

Stegner, Wallace. Beyond the Hundreth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West. Penguin Books, 1992.

Wilkinson, Charles. Fire on the Plateau. Island Press, 1999.

NGS Resources

Powell, John Wesley. The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons. National Geographic Books, 2002.

Clayton, John, Gary Ferguson, and Maureen B. Keilty. National Geographic Traveler (May/June 1998), 66-79.

Rennicke, Jeff. "Deep in the Canyon." National Geographic (February 1993), 60-5.

Thybony, Scott. Canyon Country Parklands: Treasures of the Great Plateau. National Geographic Books, 1993.

Carrier, Jim. "The Colorado: A River Drained Dry." National Geographic (June 1991), 2-35.

Mendenhall, Walter C. "The Colorado Desert." National Geographic (August 1909), 681-701.