APES: The Human Impacts on the Colorado River
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This is an image of a section of the Colorado River that appears seemingly untampered by human activity.

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Visualizing Water

The National Geographic article “Visualizing Water” by Brian Richter discusses the important issue of understanding where our water comes from and how to conserve this precious resource around the globe. There is a major focus on the Colorado River basin, an important source of water for the American West. The article describes the natural cycle of water renewal in the basin before adding human impacts into the mix. The Colorado River basin is finally described as a dangerously “scarce water” resource since humans use up and depend on so much of its water that hardly any of it reaches the Pacific Ocean. The conservation of this river not only is vitally important to the aquatic plants and animals that inhabit but also the millions of people that depend on its water for a variety of activities and necessities.

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Visualizing Water – Slide 7

Visualizing Water – Slide 7 | APES: The Human Impacts on the Colorado River | Scoop.it

 This diagram shows the total rates of direct human usage and general consumption of the water in the Colorado River basin.  The graphic creates a visual representation of how the river has so much water diverted for human purposes that, most years, it does not reach the ocean.

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