COLORADO RIVER

17) Compare water diversion influences on the Colorado River with those on the Salton Sea and the Aral Sea.

The Colorado River has been working its way through America into Mexico for many years. The river is supplied by ice from top of the Colorado Rockies.

18) Describe three ways that diversion influences on the Colorado River are different from the Salton Sea and the Aral Sea.

Three ways that the diversion influences on the Colorado River are different from that of the Salton Sea and the Aral Sea are temperature, pollution, and the salt density.

19) What is a tributary? Find a map of the Colorado River Basin.

A tributary is a river or stream flowing into a larger river or lake.

20) Where is the source of the Colorado River?

The source of the Colorado River is La Poudre Pass Lake

21) What are some of the main tributaries and their sources?

Some of the main tributaries of the Colorado River are the Gila River, the San Juan River, the Green River, and the Gunnison River

22) What is the most important origin of water in the Colorado River?

The most important origin of water in the Colorado River would be the ice that melts from the top of the Colorado Rockies.

23) Who decides where the water in the river system goes?

The people who decide where the water goes from the river system is decided by the seven states that the river runs through

24) What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area or ridge of land that separates the flow of different waters such as, rivers, basins, or seas.

25) How is the Colorado River resource divided between the various states in the watershed and beyond?

26) How do the individual states use the water?

The "Upper Basin" includes the states Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming where the water naturally drains into the Colorado River system above the Lees Ferry. The "Lower Basin" which includes some parts of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah where the water naturally drains into the Colorado River system.

27) Describe some of the conflicts that arise over water use. How are they usually resolved?

Some of the conflicts that arise from over water use is drought and climate change. To fix these problems they are resolved by organizing a state meeting to find better ways to do things or ways to re mediate the problems that have come up.

28) How are the conflicts between public and private use managed?

The conflicts between the public and private use are managed by the government which exercises its power through the use of regulations or public work projects.

29) Serious differences with Mexico exist concerning the amount of water the Mexicans receive from the river. Explain why this problem exists and what can be done to work out this dispute between the countries.

This problem exists because the people who provide the water to Mexico are part of one of the major water companies in the world who have their product privatized and requires payment for the use of their water. To fix this problem between the countries is to let people of Mexico have their own water acquired the same way before all of the regulations that water companies have put on the usage of water.

30) The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers cross international boundaries in their path to the Persian Gulf. Why is this problem potentially greater than the one that exists on the Colorado River?

This problem is potentially greater than the one that exists on the Colorado River because the water crosses international boundaries which brings into question the ownership of the water once it is to be distributed to the people.

31) Compare the problem of water diversions on the Yangtze River in China with those of the Colorado River.

The huge problem of water diversions on the Yangtze River in china is the massive size of the river which requires a larger diversion.

32) The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China is very controversial. Why was this dam built?

The dam was built to control the amount of water allowed through. As a result of this it created an artificial lake. Was built to prevent flooding and to generate power.

33) Describe how this dam differs from dams on the Colorado River, such as the Glen Canyon Dam or the Hoover Dam, with respect to the following: disruption of human life, environmental impact, archaeology, local culture, and natural beauty.

The dam differs from those of the Glen Canyon Dam or the Hoover Dam because The Three Gorges Dam was built with new and better materials than that of the other dams which would decrease the environmental impact that the dam has on the environment. The natural beauty of the rivers would be altered with the eye sore of a huge wall stopping the flow of water. The local culture would be altered to the point where everyday life would be affected if you relied on the use of the river.

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Aside from the missing Aral River part, I thought the Colorado River questions' answers were decent. Concise, but decent. However, I feel like question 17 doesn't fully answer the question. - Philip R