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The state of Idaho, with its recognizable boot shape, rests next to Oregon and Washington on the west, Montana and Wyoming on the east, and Utah and Nevada on the south. Idaho shares its northern boundary with Canada. The Snake River, the Columbia's largest tributary, is a great river in its own right; it cuts a crescent slice through southern Idaho and has defined that part of the state's agricultural enterprises. The Clearwater River joins the Snake in Northern Idaho, just before it heads into Oregon. Northern Idaho's numerous waterways include Pend Oreille and Coeur d'Alene, both large, scenic lakes that now attract tourists and outdoors enthusiasts. Idaho's awkward boundary, history, and predominately arid climate shape the main themes of its development: political, economic, social ...

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