Topography & Mountains
handout exercisesuggested grade levels: 9-12

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Much of the topography in southeast Idaho is the result of Basin and Range faulting, creating successive mountain ranges and valleys.

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Handout Sample:
Answer the following questions:

1. When did this Basin and Range faulting begin?
2. What is believed to be the total lateral extension undergone by southeast Idaho since Basin and Range faulting began?
3. Use the Eastern Idaho drainage & mountain range map and color all the mountain ranges named. Color those that you believe to be a result of Basin and Range faulting a different color than the others. (hint: use Rocks, Rails & Trails maps on page 4 and page 5 to help decide).

Related Lesson Topics:
Geography: Geography Topics

Lesson Plan provided by Vita Taube, 2000
Idaho Achievement Standards (as of 7/2001) met by completing this activity: