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High Plains of New Mexico. The High Plains are a subregion of the Great Plains mostly in the Western United States. From east to west, the High Plains rise in elevation from around 1,800 feet (550 m) to over 7,000 feet (2,100 m). Due to low moisture and high elevation, the High Plains commonly experiences wide ranges and extremes in temperature. This area is also home to the fastest land mammal in North America, the Pronghorn.
Moraine Park - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. At least four periods of glaciation occurred, interspersed with warmer, drier weather to shape Rocky Mountain National Park. The latest, around 28,000 years ago, is credited with creating the landscape in the Moraine Park section of the national park. Rock formations in the park are among the oldest in the United States, having been formed at least 1.7 billion years ago, when movements of the earth's crust created heat and pressure on deeply buried sediments left from an earlier inland sea.