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2013-03-05 15:10:27

As the Colorado River winds through the Colorado Plateau's soft sedimentary strata, it picks up a tremendous amount of sediment. This sediment — which once left the river's waters so muddy that Spanish explorers christened it El Rio Colorado "the reddish river" — is a vital component to the unique ecosystems of the river. However, with the construction of the Hoover and Glen Canyon dams, which trap the sediment, the once-turbid waters have become a dazzling blue-green, signaling...

Grand Canyon May Be As Old As The Dinosaurs
2012-11-30 06:48:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder and the California Institute of Technology has analyzed mineral grains from the bottom of the western Grand Canyon. The findings indicate that the canyon was largely carved out about 70 million years ago, putting it in a time when dinosaurs were around and might have peeked over the rim. CU-Boulder Assistant Professor Rebecca Flowers says that this new research, using a dating...

2012-07-19 23:01:34

This could be the headline of the near future if Americans heed the call today and take action to save the Colorado River. Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 19, 2012 In an effort to engage the arid southwestern United States in the importance of water conservation and river protection, The Redford Center, along with partners Save The Colorado, New Belgium Brewing, Patagonia, and Clif Bar announces a summer 7- city southwestern US screening tour of the documentary film WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water...

2012-07-03 23:00:57

Unique Promotional Giveaway Offered for Limited Time from Adaptivity Pro. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 03, 2012 Adaptivity Pro is excited to announce that the SLC web design company is offering a free river rafting trip for two for any new website design project from a new client. This promotion will be running for a limited time and it offers a great incentive to anyone who has been thinking about forming a new business website or building a more professional looking website. Many small...

After Pilot Run Of Yuma Desalting Plant, Ciénega de Santa Clara Is Unchanged
2012-06-25 16:56:48

Mexico's Ciénega de Santa Clara has not changed since the 2010-11 pilot run of the Yuma Desalting Plant, according to a new report from a University of Arizona-led binational team of researchers. The 15,000-acre ciénega, the largest wetland in the Colorado River Delta, is home to several endangered species and is a major stopover for birds migrating north and south along the Pacific Flyway. It lies within Mexico's Biosphere Reserve for the Upper Gulf of California...

2012-05-18 00:50:55

Lake Mead, on the Colorado River, is the largest reservoir in the United States, but users are consuming more water than flows down the river in an average year, which threatens the water supply for agriculture and households. To solve this imbalance scientists are proposing a Cap and Trade system of interstate water trading. The proposal, published in Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), builds on the success of such an initiative in Australia. The research was...


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Grand Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 15:03:05

Grand Canyon National Park is located in the American state of Arizona and is the country’s fifteenth established park. The main feature of the park is the Grand Canyon, which is a gorge of the Colorado River, and is often thought of as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park contains 1,217,262 acres of land. It was established as an official national park in 1919, but the area was already well known as a landmark for thirty years. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt...

Colorado Squawfish, Ptychocheilus lucius
2013-01-12 06:47:45

Formally known as the Colorado squawfish, this freshwater species is now called the Colorado pikeminnow. This fish was native to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as portions of Mexico, but with the natural habitat changed by the damming of rivers and streams, this fish is now restricted to the Colorado Basin. Limited numbers of the Colorado squawfish still remain in the following rivers: Green, Gunnison, White, San Juan and Yampa; additionally it...

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2009-01-13 19:58:20

The Bonytail Chub (Gila elegans) is a species of freshwater fish native to certain areas of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah in the United States. Bonytail chub prefer backwaters with rocky or muddy bottoms and flowing pools, although they have been reported in swiftly moving water. They are mostly restricted to rocky canyons today, but were historically abundant in the wide downstream sections of rivers. It is the rarest of the endemic big-river fishes of the Colorado River. It...

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2007-04-10 16:43:12

The Woundfin (Plagopterus argentissimus) is a species of minnow endemic to the Virgin River of the southwestern United States. It is a slender, silvery minnow, with a flattened head and belly, long snout, leathery skin, and no scales. There are barbels on the corners of its lips, and its common name likely comes from the first spinous ray of its dorsal fin, which is sharp-pointed. Its maximum length is rarely more than 3 in (7.5 cm). Historically, the Woundfin occupied much of the lower...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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