The Colorado Plateau
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
The Colorado Plateau was one of the last areas in the United States to be developed economically. Before the 1880s it was virtually empty except for Indians. Today the vast scenic and energy resources of the area are under development, and projections for future development are frightening. Problems of land use management are directly related to the fragmented nature of landholdings. Present methods of consolidation are inadequate, and new approaches to the organization of space must be devised if further degradation of the environment is to be prevented.
Durrenberger, Robert, "The Colorado Plateau" (1972). Canyonlands Research Bibliography. Paper 141.