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Colorado River


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The Colorado River (Spanish: Río Colorado) is one of the principal rivers (along with the Rio Grande) in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The 1,450-mile-long (2,330 km) river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. states and two Mexican states. Starting in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border. After entering Mexico, the Colorado approaches the mostly dry Colorado River Delta at the tip of the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora.
Known for its dramatic canyons, whitewater rapids, and eleven U.S. National Parks, the Colorado River and its tributaries are a vital source of water for 40 million people. The river and its tributaries are controlled by an extensive system of dams, reservoirs, and aqueducts, which in most years divert its entire flow for agricultural irrigation and domestic water supply. Its large flow and steep gradient are used for generating hydroelectric power, and its major dams regulate peaking power demands in much of the Intermountain West. Intensive water consumption has dried up the lower 100 miles (160 km) of the river, which has rarely reached the sea since the 1960s.Beginning with small bands of nomadic hunter-gatherers, Native Americans have inhabited the Colorado River basin for at least 8,000 years. Between 2,000 and 1,000 years ago, the watershed was home to large agricultural civilizations—considered some of the most sophisticated indigenous North American cultures—which eventually declined due to a combination of severe drought and poor land use practices. Most native peoples that inhabit the region today are descended from other groups that settled there beginning about 1,000 years ago. Europeans first entered the Colorado Basin in the 16th century, when explorers from Spain began mapping and claiming the area, which became part of Mexico upon its independence in 1821. Early contact between Europeans and Native Americans was generally limited to the fur trade in the headwaters and sporadic trade interactions along the lower river. After most of the Colorado River basin became part of the U.S. in 1846, much of the river's course was still the subject of myths and speculation. Several expeditions charted the Colorado in the mid-19th century—one of which, led by John Wesley Powell, was the first to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon. American explorers collected valuable information that was later used to develop the river for navigation and water supply. Large-scale settlement of the lower basin began in the mid- to late-19th century, with steamboats providing transportation from the Gulf of California to landings along the river that linked to wagon roads to the interior. Starting in the 1860s, gold and silver strikes drew prospectors to parts of the upper Colorado River basin.
Large engineering works began around the start of the 20th century, with major guidelines established in a series of international and U.S. interstate treaties known as the "Law of the River". The U.S. federal government was the main driving force behind the construction of dams and aqueducts, although many state and local water agencies were also involved. Most of the major dams were built between 1910 and 1970; the system keystone, Hoover Dam, was completed in 1935. The Colorado is now considered among the most controlled and litigated rivers in the world, with every drop of its water fully allocated. The environmental movement in the American Southwest has opposed the damming and diversion of the Colorado River system because of detrimental effects on the ecology and natural beauty of the river and its tributaries. During the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, environmental organizations vowed to block any further development of the river, and a number of later dam and aqueduct proposals were defeated by citizen opposition. As demands for Colorado River water continue to rise, the level of human development and control of the river continues to generate controversy.
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Colorado River

Colorado River

River in North America

  • Desc: The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The 1,450-mile-long river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. states and two Mexican states.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River
  • Type: RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 7485.22
Colorado River toad

Colorado River toad

Amphibians

  • Desc: The Colorado River toad, also known as the Sonoran Desert toad, is found in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Its toxin, as an exudate of glands within the skin, contains 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_toad
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 2147.25
Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Argentina

  • Desc: The Colorado River is a river in the south of Argentina. The Colorado River marks most of the political boundary between the Argentine provinces of Neuquén and Mendoza, and between Rio Negro and La Pampa.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_(Argentina)
  • Type: RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 1272.49
Colorado River Indian Tribes

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Tribe

  • Desc: The Colorado River Indian Tribes is a federally recognized tribe consisting of the four distinct ethnic groups associated with the Colorado River Indian Reservation: Chemehuevi, the Mohave, Hopi, and Navajo. The tribe has about 4,277 enrolled members.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Indian_Tribes
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 592.08
Little Colorado River

Little Colorado River

Tributary in Arizona

  • Desc: The Little Colorado River is a tributary of the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona, providing the principal drainage from the Painted Desert region.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Colorado_River
  • Type: RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 575.70

Colorado River Delta

Body of water

  • Desc: The Colorado River Delta is the region where the Colorado River flows into the Gulf of California in eastern Mexicali Municipality in the north of the state of Baja California in northwestern-most Mexico.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Delta
  • Type: LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 531.50
Common chuckwalla

Common chuckwalla

Reptiles

  • Desc: Sauromalus ater is a species of lizard in the family Iguanidae. It inhabits the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauromalus_ater
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 412.92
Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Canyon

  • Desc: The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon
  • Type: TouristAttraction, Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 288.74
Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Texas

  • Desc: The Colorado River is an approximately 862-mile long river in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the 18th longest river in the United States and the longest river with both its source and its mouth within Texas.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_(Texas)
  • Type: RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Thing, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 182.10
Colorado River Numic language

Colorado River Numic language

Human language

  • Desc: Colorado River Numic, of the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family, is a dialect chain that stretches from southeastern California to Colorado. Individual dialects are Chemehuevi, which is in danger of extinction, Southern Paiute, and Ute.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Numic_language
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 157.34

Colorado River

Amusement ride

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 24.00

Colorado River

River

  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 24.00

Colorado River

River in Bolivia

Colorado River

River in Brazil

  • Type: RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 24.00

Colorado River

River

Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Chile

Colorado River

River

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