Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lake Mead to Disappear by 2021

Lake Mead may go dry by 2021 | Green Tech blog - CNET

According to a study by Tim Barnett and David Pierce of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD), Lake Mead has a 50 percent chance of going dry by 2021. The same study found that, by 2017, there is a 50 percent chance that the reservoir at Hoover Dam will no longer produce hydroelectric power. Currently, the Colorado River system, which includes Lake Mead and nearby Lake Powell, is running a deficit of 1 million acre feet of water per year.

Below is a picture that accompanied my post on Lake Mead in August 3, 2007.

1 comment:

brackets said...

I live in Colorado, not far from Lake Powell. The lake is an ugly eyesore with its huge bathtub ring around the rocks, and I shudder to think of how much trash is at the bottom now from all the boaters who are zipping around all the time.
But as someone who is really interested in the Anasazi culture, I can't wait for it to dry up! The cultural treasures which were lost when the lake was created was enormous. Hopefully some of these treasures survived their time underwater, and will be found once this mistake is gone from the desert.


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