Drought in the Colorado Basin
U.S. Department of the Interior
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About the Science
- Visualizations document (via text, maps, graphs, satellite images) the role that the Colorado River plays in water supply and hydropower to the Southwestern US and Northwestern Mexico. Current drought (since 2000) has and will continue to have a major impact in these areas.
Comments from expert scientist:
- Describes the Colorado River in many different ways: lifeline, geographic location, control structures, storage capacity and water supply
- Explains characteristics/statistics of the current drought, more development leads to higher demand, impacts on Lake Mead and Lake Powell, and what is being done to mitigate the drought
About the Pedagogy
- Visualization is a self-directed, click-through primer on the importance of the Colorado River to the extensive area that it touches.
- Through text divided into 11 subheadings, and a series of 13 interactive illustrations, graphs, and figures, the story of the drought in the Colorado River basin is told in an engaging and logically organized way.