Characterization of Geographical Aspects of the Landscape and Environment in the Area of the Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana

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dc.contributor.author Sandy, John H.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-19T15:46:47Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-19T15:46:47Z
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3482
dc.description.abstract On June 24, 1876, a large military force of the United States Army 7th Cavalry converged on the lower Little Bighorn Valley in the Montana Territory, aiming to capture a large number of Native Americans. A major military battle ensued over the following two days. The landscape near the Little Bighorn Battlefield is both gentle and very rugged. The upland to the east of the Little Bighorn Valley is highly dissected by a complex drainage system, consisting of ravines, coulees, and ridges. Elevations from the valley floor to the upland change as much as 340 feet. The slope in parts of the upland is greater than 10 degrees, and in rugged areas of the bluffs and along some ravines and other erosional features in excess of 30 degrees. The Little Bighorn Valley itself is a gentle northward sloping plain, with the Little Bighorn River flowing to the east side of the valley adjacent to the upland. Local vegetation of the area is highly diverse, bearing a close relationship to the physiographic features, hydrology, and climate of this area. Certain characteristics of the Little Bighorn River and the bordering riparian zone add to the diversity of the landscape. A brief analysis suggests ways that elements of the landscape and environment affected the course of the battle. en_US
dc.subject Little Bighorn Battlefield en_US
dc.subject physiography en_US
dc.subject weather en_US
dc.subject topography en_US
dc.subject vegetation en_US
dc.subject Montana en_US
dc.subject military history en_US
dc.subject Lakota Sioux en_US
dc.subject Northern Cheyenne en_US
dc.subject U.S. Army en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Vegetation and climate—Montana—Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (Mont.) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Physical geography—Montana—Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (Mont.) en_US
dc.title Characterization of Geographical Aspects of the Landscape and Environment in the Area of the Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana en_US


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