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Land Around the Colorado River, in USA and Mexico

36.0N 114.7W

July 22nd, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA and Mexico - June 24th, 2009

USA and Mexico - June 24th, 2009

Dense clouds cling to the west coast of Baja California, Mexico, and southern California, USA. The east coast, however, is cloud-free, and the Colorado River can be seen disharching thick brown sediments around Montague Island and into the Sea of Cortes.

The large tan area north of the rivermouth is the Gran Desierto de Altar, part of the Sonoran Desert. Northwest of its dunes is the Imperial Valley in southern California, which is checkered by fields thanks to irrigation from the Colorado River.

The upper reaches of this agricultural zone meet the Salton Sea, a saline lake. North of the sea is Lake Mead, an artificial reservoir created by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River.

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