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Physical features Physiography For more than a thousand miles of its course, the Colorado has cut a deep gorge. Where the river system is joined by lateral streams—the Virgin, Kanab, Paria, Escalante, Dirty Devil, and Green rivers from the west, and the Little Colorado, San Juan, Dolores, and Gunnison from the east—a transverse system of narrow, winding deep canyons has been cut.
Each entering river and each lateral creek has cut another canyon, and thus the upper and middle parts of the Colorado basin are traversed by a labyrinth of deep gorges. The longest of these unbroken trunk canyons through which the Colorado flows is the spectacular Grand Canyonextending from the mouth of the Paria to the Grand Wash Stream.
Canyonlands National Park encompasses another of these regions at the juncture of the Green and Colorado rivers in southeastern Utah. In a subsection of the Sonoran Desert comprising the Colorado and Yuma deserts lies the Salton Trough Salton Basina large structural depression extending to the northwest from the head of the Gulf of California for a distance of miles.
At one time the gulf extended farther to the northwest, above the point at which the Colorado now enters. As the river brought its load of silt from the mountains and hills above to the gulf, however, it gradually erected a vast natural dam, and the waters on the north were separated from those on the south.
The Colorado then cut a channel into the lower gulf. The upper waters, cut off from the sea, gradually evaporated, forming a large area of desert land By the river to about feet below sea level.
In floodwaters caused, about three miles south of the California-Mexico border, a break in diversion controls of the Imperial Canal. As a result, the waters of the Colorado rushed into the Salton Sink, creating the Salton Seaabout 70 feet deep, 50 miles long, and 10 to 15 miles wide, with a total water area of some square miles.
The break threatened to inundate the agriculturally rich Imperial Valley and to permanently block a major railroad route. Because of the imminent danger, the railroad repaired the break and in completed a line of protective levees.
Today the Salton Sea acts as a receiving basin for wastewater from irrigation projects in the Imperial and Coachella valleys, which in turn receive their water from the Colorado via the All-American Canal.
The distribution of animals varies with these habitats. Large mammals such as the elk, mountain sheeppronghornmule deermountain lionbobcat, and coyote and formerly the grizzly bear and gray wolf occupy the middle and upper elevations. Beavers, muskrat, and birds, including the bald eaglefavour stream banks lined with willow, cottonwood, and tamarisk.
Modern river development has radically disrupted native species and habitats in the Colorado basin. Accidentally introduced in the midth century, the tamarisk shrub has spread rapidly along the river, consuming large amounts of water because of its deep-running roots and the high transpiration rate of its leaves.
Large predators were systematically eliminated to support the ranching economy. River otters once flourished in the lower reaches. Four native fishes the humpback chub, bonytail chub, Colorado squawfish, and razorback suckerpurposefully eradicated in the midth century, subsequently have been protected at great expense under the Endangered Species Act.
History and economy Early inhabitants Ute and Southern Paiute Indian tribes, now living in reduced numbers on reservations, hunted and gathered in the plateaus and canyonlands of the upper Colorado basin for centuries.
In the lower basin, the largest prehistoric canal irrigation system in the American West was built by the Hohokam Indians on the Gila and Salt rivers.
Yuman tribes practiced more extensive patterns of floodplain farming and hunting on the Colorado, which was too large and its flow too variable for canal irrigation.
In the face of economic exploitation of the region by whites, and the resultant ecological changes, Indian groups have struggled to maintain vestiges of traditional lifeways with respect to the river. Study and exploration The modern period began with Spanish exploration and settlement from the midth century, which yielded brief descriptions of the Colorado but no permanent settlements such as those along the upper Rio Grande.
Prior to the Civil War, American surveyors focused on routes, passes, and territorial boundaries. With the help of Indian scouts, they acquired enough information to map the river and its main tributaries. Mormons settled the Great Basin of Utah inmoved quickly into tributary valleys of the Colorado in Utah and Arizona, and acquired knowledge that contributed to later scientific surveys.
Inland-shipping entrepreneurs such as Joseph Christmas Ives assessed the navigability of the river as early as The federal government sponsored major scientific surveys in the s.
Afterinvestigations would focus on issues of river development: Economic development In the Colorado River Compact was concluded by the seven states that constitute its drainage area to facilitate federal investment in dams and reclamation.
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A creative container community By The River Brew Co. is an independent container community that lives and breathes beneath the iconic Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side of . The transcendent OM of the river lulls Siddhartha into a trance-like sleep from which he later awakens, refreshed and face-to-face with Govinda.
Siddhartha and the Buddhist monk Govinda have a talk, from which a basic revelation emerges: The cause of Siddhartha's soul sickness is an inability to love.
Cuyahoga River” “The Return of the Cuyahoga River” The Cuyahoga River was the heart of the land and the quality of the river was a direct reflection of how people viewed the quality of their life.
The Cables plaintively questioned "What Kind of World" people are living in on their smash single. Their conclusion: it's a distraught one, but its ugliness was lessened by their Studio One rocksteady masterpiece. The song's gorgeous riddim understandably proved popular, and was revived numerous times over the years, reaching a recycling apotheosis in the hands of Dean Fraser and Lloyd.