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Montana is a hilly state located in the Western United States. The state has around 77 mountain ranges standing mightily. The name 'Montana' is so given because it is the derivation of Spanish word montana meaning mountain.

The state is known by several popular nicknames. Some like to call it as "The Treasure State", some "Big Sky Country," some "Land of the Shining Mountains," and still others call it "The Last Best Place." Montana stands fourth in land area measuring an area size of 145,552 square miles next to Alaska, Texas, and California. Tourism is the major source of revenue. Besides tourism the economy of Montana is based on ranching, wheat farming, oil, coal and hard rock mining.

Millions of tourists annually visit the crown of the continent-Glacier National Park, old Faithful Geyser, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Battle of Little Bighorn site, St. Mary Lake, Lake McDonald, Iceberg Lake, Trail, Garden Wall’s Highline Trail, Bighorn Recreation Area, National Bison Range and Yellowstone National Park. They enjoy the rugged craggy peaks, alpine vistas, wildflowers and waterfalls to the fullest.

The rivers feed into Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Hudson Bay. Montana offers ample opportunity of Dog sledding and skiing on around16 trails.

The diverse topography of the state runs on a virtual diagonal line from northwest to south-central. The state is bifid into distinct eastern and western regions through Continental Divide.

Southern mountain range of Montana includes the rocky mountains of the Gravelly Range; the Tobacco Roots; the Madison Range; Gallatin Range; Big Belt Mountains; Bridger Mountains; Absaroka Mountains; and the Beartooth Mountains. More than half the land area of the state is grassland dotted by a number of "island ranges" offers a landscape view.

There are many scenic valleys, rich in agricultural resources and flowing rivers between the mountain ranges possess enormous opportunities for tourism and recreation. The Flathead Valley, Bitterroot Valley, Big Hole Valley, Lamar Valley and Gallatin Valley are the best-known areas among all.

The eastern area of the divide in the north-central portion of the state is known for the Missouri Breaks and other significant rock formations. The three majestic rises; Square, Shaw, and Crown buttes, south of Great Falls are the most important attractions here. The underlying surface of these buttes consists of shale and the areas around these are covered with clay surface soils. Farther east, areas such as Makoshika State Park near Glendive and Medicine Rocks State Park near Ekalaka also highlight some of the most scenic badlands regions in the state.

The Hell Creek Formation is a major source of clue to paleontologists because of dinosaur fossils found in the state. For example, Paleontologist Jack Horner, of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, discovered Jane; the world's most complete juvenile tyrannosaurus rex, in Hell Creek.

Meagher County in the city of White Sulphur Springs has the maximum population density in entire Montana State.

The Chinese used to be an important part of earlier Montana.The China Town in the capital city Helena also attracts tourists due to its vibrancy. Montana's historic logging communities attracted people of from all origins.

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