August 1, 2011
The Colorado River snakes across this view, photographed from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, from top left (near the vehicles vertical stabilizer), to the lower right, where the Grand Canyon gorge can be detected. The wider blue parts of the Colorado in the center of the view are Lake Powell, an artificial lake more than 120 miles long. The dark green areas are wooded slopes generally above 6000 feet. The Kaibab Plateau (lower left) and the range with Abajo Peak (11,360 feet, Utah-Colorado border region) cross the top of the view. The red areas are lower and semiarid, dominated by desert scrub vegetation.
Topics: Environment, Colorado Plateau, Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Kaibab Plateau, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Utah, Colorado