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March 4, 2014

Southwest: Lake Powell

Filed under: Photography, Southwest United States, Travel, Travel, Writing — Tags: , , — anotherheader @ 5:17 pm

Near Wahweap Marina on the border of Utah and Arizona, Lone Rock, an island in Lake Powell, is seemingly on the verge of becoming part of the mainland.

Near Wahweap Marina on the border of Utah and Arizona, Lone Rock, an island in Lake Powell, is seemingly on the verge of becoming part of the mainland.

As of January 2014, Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the United States, is at 40% of full capacity.  The water level is 121 feet below the lake’s full pool height.  For most reservoirs the dropping water levels would leave behind an unattractive bathtub ring of mud.  In the case of Lake Powell, the declining water reveals a sandstone landscape that hints at what the terrain must have been like before Glen Canyon Dam was constructed.  Though the lake’s decline is bad news for those who rely on the Colorado River for water, it hasn’t destroyed the scenery.  Indeed, it can be argued that Lake Powell has become more visually appealing as the water retreats.

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