Ebb and flow of the Colorado River
• The tides on the Colorado River
David Owen talks about the vanishing of the Colorado River. He reports that the river "so much has changed and controlled", that began to resemble the Grand Canal - the force that spins the turbines, irrigates the fields and fills the tanks - each gallon of which belongs to wither states of the American West. Owen follows the riverbed with its origins to Lake Mead, near Las Vegas, where it is clearly seen the depletion of white mineral deposits on the cliffs; from there it goes down to the Gulf of California - the mouth of the Colorado River, where the water is now rarely reach these places. What once was "natural flow" he writes Owen now "is an extensive resource allocation system."
The Grand Canyon, a light mist at dawn.
Cataract Canyon reflected in the river.
Humpback chub, who lives in a tributary of the Colorado River. A fish that prefer turbid warm water is at risk because of adding cold water from nearby reservoirs.
View from Hoover Dam on Lake Mead, whose water level critically fallen in recent years.
The river flows at Castle Veylli, Utah.
The main tributary of the Colorado River - the river Yampa, bought oil companies.
View of the peninsula of Baja California in the Mexican state of Sonora. Sinega de Santa Clara - 40,000 acres of wetlands from agricultural wastewater are behind.
A boat floating on the irrigation canals in Mexico, the only way out of Colorado to the sea.
The Central Arizona Project - 336 miles of canals, tunnels and pumping stations - a key state system for stocks and water supplies.
shrimp farms in Gila Bend, Arizona.
The Colorado River flows through Cataract Canyon, Utah.