Explore the Colorado River in Google Earth

Over the years Google has taken Street View to some interesting places, including locations such as Venice and under the surface of the ocean. They’ve now added a trip down the Colorado River, and it looks amazing!

Colorado River

In showcasing the new imagery Google invited the Senior Vice President of Conservation at American River, Chris Williams, to share some of his thoughts on it, including the following:

While you admire its grandeur, remember that the river is also at risk. One of the United States’ most important resources, the Colorado River provides drinking water for 36 million people from Denver to Los Angeles, supports a $26 billion recreation industry, and irrigates nearly 4 million acres of land that grow 15 percent of our nation’s crops. But it’s also one of the most endangered, dammed, diverted and plumbed rivers in the world, thanks to a century of management policies and practices that have promoted the use of Colorado River water at an unsustainable rate. By the time it reaches the Gulf of California in Mexico, the river is barely a trickle—a ghost of its once magnificent self. You can see evidence of the river’s decline In Street View, like the high water mark (showing 1950s driftwood on top of the rock), or sedimentation along the river’s edge down by Lake Mead.

The imagery is amazing, but it gives a scary look into the future of rivers like that. For more about the river and this new imagery, you can read more on the Google Lat Long Blog or simply dive in and start exploring the new imagery here.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



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