Settlement of Sanpitch River Basin

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326508
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Title Settlement of Sanpitch River Basin
Description The elevation of the Sanpitch Basin ranged from about 4,900 feet at its southern boundary, the Sevier River, to over 11,000 feet above sea level at its northern and eastern origin at the summit of the Wasatch Plateau. Its total area is about 1,200 square miles or 800,000 acres. The area was not covered by cadastral surveys (townships, sections) until after 1900. Some areas in the national forest are still not surveyed. Good aerial photographs now provide the basic information to facilitate resource management. (See map, inside front cover.) The native vegetation, which is determined by climate, temperature, precipitation, soil characteristics, slope, elevation and exposure to sunlight, is naturally varied. Sedges, rushes and grasses were in the swamp areas. Sage brush and other shrubs and grasses occupied the well-drained fertile alluvial soils. Pinion pine and Utah juniper flourished on the lower hills, and Grambel oak, willow, cottonwood, and scrub maple were on the intermediate drainages, hills and flats. Quaking aspen and coniferous forests occupied upper elevations. Some of the highest peaks are above timber line. The climate varies with the elevations. The low valley has about sixty continuous frost-free days during June, July, August and September. Summer temperatures may reach 100 degrees, with winter temperatures falling as low as twenty degrees below zero. The average annual precipitation is about eleven inches with most of it coming as winter snow storms and lesser amounts from spring rains and summer thunderstorms. Hail storms are not uncommon. The Sanpitch River Basin apparently contains no significant mineral resource suitable for exploration under the mining and mineral leasing laws of the federal government. Several limestone quarries near Ephraim were developed and operated. 127
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326473
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