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geology, & stars
in the sky,
and the locations of
The image at right, taken from the
Apollo 16 spacecraft,
shows a portion of the southwestern
United States and northwestern Mexico.
Arizona's approximate position is shown in yellow. The peninsula of
Baja California is visible along the lower left side of the North American continent.
The cuts across Arizona from its
northwest corner towards the middle of the eastern edge of the state, separating the (north) from the (south). North
is at the top in this view, and the view below.
Photo source: NASA
The digital image at
left shows landforms within Arizona, and the positions of
the Valley of the Sun, the Superstition Mountains, and
Sedona and the Verde Valley, all
highlighted in yellow.
A few small white areas are the highest in elevation
(above 10,000 ft, ~3050m), green areas are between 10,000 ft
(~3050m) and about 4000 ft (~1200m), light brown areas are
between 4000 ft (~1200m) and 1000 ft (~300m), and the lowest
areas in the state, below 1000 ft (~300m), are in dark brown.
Green areas are also the most covered with vegetation.
The Valley of the Sun, including
Phoenix and Scottsdale, and the
Superstition Mountains to the east, are in the , within the drainage
basins of the Salt, Agua Fria, and Gila Rivers.
Sedona and Camp Verde sit to the north in
this province also, below the scenic cliffs of the
. The edge of the plateau is known
locally as the .
Flagstaff and Williams lie on the Colorado Plateau, at elevations
of approximately 7000 feet (2100 meters).