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Arizona covers 113,909 square miles, with about 350 square miles of water surface including '''Lake Havasu''', '''Lake Powell''', '''Lake Mead''' and the '''Colorado River'''. The state consists of three primary topographical features: a high plateau in the northeast of the state, averaging between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation; a mountainous region which runs from the southeast to the northwest with peak elevations between 9,000 and 12,000 feet; and low mountain ranges and desert valleys in the southwestern of the state.
 
Arizona covers 113,909 square miles, with about 350 square miles of water surface including '''Lake Havasu''', '''Lake Powell''', '''Lake Mead''' and the '''Colorado River'''. The state consists of three primary topographical features: a high plateau in the northeast of the state, averaging between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation; a mountainous region which runs from the southeast to the northwest with peak elevations between 9,000 and 12,000 feet; and low mountain ranges and desert valleys in the southwestern of the state.
  
The state is defined by the [[Grand Canyon]] in the north, the '''Mogollon''' (pronounced MO-gee-yon) '''Rim''' in the central mountainous region and the Sonoran Desert to the south.  Scattered among these regions, features such as the red rocks of '''[[Sedona]]''', the tall, wind-swept towers of '''[[Monument Valley]]''' and the saguaro-filled desert valleys around [[Phoenix]] and [[Tucson]] add depth and character to the landscape of Arizona.
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The state is defined by the [[Grand Canyon]] in the north, the '''Mogollon''' (pronounced MUG-ee-own) '''Rim''' in the central mountainous region and the Sonoran Desert to the south.  Scattered among these regions, features such as the red rocks of '''[[Sedona]]''', the tall, wind-swept towers of '''[[Monument Valley]]''' and the saguaro-filled desert valleys around [[Phoenix]] and [[Tucson]] add depth and character to the landscape of Arizona.
  
 
Another prominent feature of the Arizona landscape, a Ponderosa Pine forest stretches across the state from the White Mountain region around Greer and Alpine across the Mogollon Rim to the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff.  This strip of pine also extends beyond the Grand Canyon onto the Kaibab Plateau and into Southern Utah.
 
Another prominent feature of the Arizona landscape, a Ponderosa Pine forest stretches across the state from the White Mountain region around Greer and Alpine across the Mogollon Rim to the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff.  This strip of pine also extends beyond the Grand Canyon onto the Kaibab Plateau and into Southern Utah.

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