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Snow and Lakes in Southwestern USA

36.1N 114.4W

January 19th, 2013 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA and Mexico – January 17th, 2013

Snow covers mountain ranges in southwestern USA, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which border the San Joaquin Valley, in southern California (upper left quadrant). The snow contrasts with the more arid land between ranges and in Mexico (lower half of image). Visible in the snow-free areas are bodies of waters such as the three-pronged Lake Mead (above center), in Arizona and Nevada, Lake Powell, surrounded by snow near the top edge, in Arizona and Utah, and the Salton Sea, in California near the Mexican border and northwest of the Gulf of California.

Fires in Western USA, Southeast of Lake Mead

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November 26th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

USA – November 25th, 2012

Visible in the upper left corner of this image is Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. It is located on the Colorado River, southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona.

Following the green area that extends in a diagonal band southeastward from the lake, one can see two fires burning near the center right edge of the image, in the state of Arizona. The twin fires are both releasing plumes of smoke that blow northeastward.

Changing Water Levels in Lakes Mead and Powell, USA

36.0N 112.1W

November 2nd, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA – October 27th, 2012

Visible amidst the dry, rocky terrain of the western USA are lakes, rivers and gorges. By the left edge is the three-pronged Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. However, the lake has not reached this capacity in more than a decade, due to increasing droughts. It is located on the Colorado River, in the states of Nevada and Arizona.

Following the river eastward, one runs through the Grand Canyon (center) to Lake Powell (right), a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. It is the second largest man-made reservoir in maximum water capacity in the United States, behind its neighbor, Lake Mead. Current water levels, however, put Lake Powell ahead of Lake Mead in water volume and surface area.

Wildfires in Arizona, USA

35.5N 110.7W

October 30th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

USA – October 26th, 2012

Plumes of smoke from wildfires in Arizona, USA, blow towards the southeast. The fire in the upper left quadrant is located south of the Grand Canyon (partially visible at the top edge) and the Glen Canyon Reservoir (visible in the full image)

Red and Pink Landscape Around Lake Powell, USA – October 1st, 2012

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October 1st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA – September 16th, 2012

Visible amidst the red and pink hues of the surrounding landscape are the dark waters of Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. It is the second largest man-made reservoir in maximum water capacity in the United States behind Lake Mead, storing 24,322,000 acre feet (3.0001×1010 m3) of water when full. Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the controversial Glen Canyon Dam.

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