Profile surveys in Bear River basin, Idaho

Water Supply Paper 350

Prepared under the direction of R. B. Marshall, Chief Geographer



Bear River rises on the northern slope of the Uinta Mountains, in the northeastern part of Utah, and after a circuitous course in which it leaves Utah and enters Wyoming, Utah, and Wyoming in turn and makes a long detour in Idaho it returns to Utah and finally discharges its waters into Great Salt Lake. The maximum elevation of the upper rim of the basin is 13,000 feet above sea level. The upper part of the basin comprises a rough, broken country, well drained by numerous short streams, most of which are confined to steep, narrow canyons. The streams are fed by many small springs and by the melting of the snow which forms the greater part of the precipitation. The rocks of the extreme headwater region are chiefly sandstones and quartzites and are covered with a thin layer of soil that supports scattered groves of fir and aspen. A few small lakes lie near the head of the river.

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Publication type:
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Profile surveys in Bear River basin, Idaho
Series title:
Water Supply Paper
Series number:
Year Published:
U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Report: 7 p.; Plate 1: 19.50 inches x 18.09 inches; Plate 2: 19.50 inches x 18.14 inches; Plate 3: 19.50 inches x 18.15 inches; Plate 4: 19.50 inches x 18.13 inches; Plate 5: 19.50 inches x 18.15 inches; Plate 6: 19.50 inches x 17.99 inches
Other Geospatial:
Bear River Basin