Iceberg Canyon on the Colorado River

This is the Colorado River exiting the Grand Canyon through Iceberg Canyon into Lake Mead in the Gregg Basin. In Spanish: Río Colorado, means “Colored River“, with an implication of the natural reddish, muddy color the river used to have that caused by its natural sediment loads. After multiple dams were built to harness power and control seasonal flooding (still controversial after many decades) the upstream silt is filtered out by the dams and no longer seen as muddy or colored but instead has acquired the clear blue-greenish hue seen here.

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