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Colorado River

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The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers (along with the Rio Grande) in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The 1,450-mile-long (2,330 km) river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. Starting in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border. After entering Mexico, the Colorado approaches the mostly dry Colorado River Delta at the tip of the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora.
Known for its dramatic canyons, whitewater rapids, and eleven U.S. National Parks, the Colorado River and its tributaries are a vital source of water for 40 million people. The river and its tributaries are controlled by an extensive system of dams, reservoirs, and aqueducts, which in most years divert its entire flow for agricultural irrigation and domestic water supply. Its large flow and steep gradient are used for generating hydroelectric power, and its major dams regulate peaking power demands in much of the Intermountain West. Intensive water consumption has dried up the lower 100 miles (160 km) of the river, which has rarely reached the sea since the 1960s.Beginning with small bands of nomadic hunter-gatherers, Native Americans have inhabited the Colorado River basin for at least 8,000 years. Between 2,000 and 1,000 years ago, the watershed was home to large agricultural civilizations – considered some of the most sophisticated indigenous North American cultures – which eventually declined due to a combination of severe drought and poor land use practices. Most native peoples that inhabit the region today are descended from other groups that settled there beginning about 1,000 years ago. Europeans first entered the Colorado Basin in the 16th century, when explorers from Spain began mapping and claiming the area, which became part of Mexico upon its independence in 1821. Early contact between Europeans and Native Americans was generally limited to the fur trade in the headwaters and sporadic trade interactions along the lower river.
After most of the Colorado River basin became part of the U.S. in 1846, much of the river's course was still the subject of myths and speculation. Several expeditions charted the Colorado in the mid-19th century – one of which, led by John Wesley Powell, was the first to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon. American explorers collected valuable information that was later used to develop the river for navigation and water supply. Large-scale settlement of the lower basin began in the mid- to late-19th century, with steamboats providing transportation from the Gulf of California to landings along the river that linked to wagon roads to the interior. Starting in the 1860s, gold and silver strikes drew prospectors to parts of the upper Colorado River basin.
Large engineering works began around the start of the 20th century, with major guidelines established in a series of international and U.S. interstate treaties known as the "Law of the River". The U.S. federal government was the main driving force behind the construction of dams and aqueducts, although many state and local water agencies were also involved. Most of the major dams were built between 1910 and 1970; the system keystone, Hoover Dam, was completed in 1935. The Colorado is now considered among the most controlled and litigated rivers in the world, with every drop of its water fully allocated.
The environmental movement in the American Southwest has opposed the damming and diversion of the Colorado River system because of detrimental effects on the ecology and natural beauty of the river and its tributaries. During the construction of Glen Canyon Dam, environmental organizations vowed to block any further development of the river, and a number of later dam and aqueduct proposals were defeated by citizen opposition. As demands for Colorado River water continue to rise, the level of human development and control of the river continues to generate controversy.
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Colorado River

Colorado River

River in North America

  • Desc: The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The 1,450-mile-long river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, Place, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 1349.02
Colorado River toad

Colorado River toad

Amphibians

  • Desc: The Colorado River toad, also known as the Sonoran Desert toad, is found in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Its toxin, as an exudate of glands within the skin, contains 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_toad
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 479.17
Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Texas

  • Desc: The Colorado River is an 862-mile long river in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the 18th longest river in the United States and the longest river with both its source and its mouth within Texas.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_(Texas)
  • Type: Thing, Place, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 470.67

Colorado River Delta

Body of water

  • Desc: The Colorado River Delta is the region where the Colorado River flows into the Gulf of California. The delta is part of a larger geologic region called the Salton Trough.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Delta
  • Type: LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 413.42
Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Argentina

  • Desc: The Colorado River is a river in the south of Argentina. The Colorado River marks most of the political boundary between the Argentine provinces of Neuquén and Mendoza, and between Rio Negro and La Pampa.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_(Argentina)
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 401.78
Little Colorado River

Little Colorado River

Tributary in Arizona

  • Desc: The Little Colorado River is a tributary of the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona, providing the principal drainage from the Painted Desert region.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Colorado_River
  • Type: BodyOfWater, Thing, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 364.36
Cutthroat trout

Cutthroat trout

Fish

  • Desc: The cutthroat trout is a fish species of the family Salmonidae native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, Rocky Mountains, and Great Basin in North America.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutthroat_trout
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 316.50
Colorado River Aqueduct

Colorado River Aqueduct

Body of water

  • Desc: The Colorado River Aqueduct, or CRA, is a 242 mi water conveyance in Southern California in the United States, operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Aqueduct
  • Type: TouristAttraction, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 314.40
Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Chile

Colorado River

River in the United States of America

  • Desc: The Colorado River, or the Rio Colorado, in Costa Rica is a distributary of the San Juan River which flows 96 kilometres towards the Caribbean in the northern parts of Heredia and Limón Provinces.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_(Costa_Rica)
  • Type: BodyOfWater, Thing, Place, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 296.79

Colorado River

Park in Austin, Texas

  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 290.52
Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Dam in the Clark County, Nevada

Colorado River

State park in Clifton, Colorado

  • Desc: The James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park is a Colorado State Park along the Colorado River in Mesa County near Grand Junction, Colorado. The 890-acre park established in 1994 has five distinct sections providing access to the river. The Island Acres and Fruita segments have campsites and swim beaches. The other three segments, Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and the Colorado River Wildlife Area are for day use only. Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and Fruita have boat ramps.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_M._Robb_%E2%80%93_Colorado_River_State_Park
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 283.15
San Juan River

San Juan River

Tributary in the United States of America

Colorado River Storage Project

Project

Williams Fork

Williams Fork

Tributary in Colorado

  • Desc: The Williams Fork is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 33.8 miles long, in north central Colorado in the United States. It flows through Grand County between the valleys of the Fraser River and the Blue River.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_Fork_(Colorado_River_tributary)
  • Type: Thing, RiverBodyOfWater, Place, BodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 225.35

Colorado River

Highway in Grand County, Utah

  • Desc: State Route 128 is a 44.564-mile-long state highway in the U.S. state of Utah. The entire length of the highway has been designated the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, as part of the Utah Scenic Byways program.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_State_Route_128
  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 218.84
Green River

Green River

Tributary in the United States of America

  • Desc: The Green River, located in the western United States, is the chief tributary of the Colorado River. The watershed of the river, known as the Green River Basin, covers parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_River_(Colorado_River_tributary)
  • Type: Thing, RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 213.69

Colorado River

Truss bridge in Bastrop County, Texas

  • Desc: The Colorado River Bridge at Bastrop is a 1,285-foot-long bridge with three steel truss spans and concrete piers that crosses the Colorado River as part of Loop 150 through Bastrop, Texas.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Bridge_at_Bastrop
  • Type: Place, Thing, TouristAttraction, Bridge, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 193.60

Colorado River Union High School District

School district

  • Desc: The Colorado River Union High School District is the high school district in Bullhead City, Arizona, USA, and surrounding areas. It operates two high schools, River Valley High School and Mohave High School. The district's high schools have a combined enrollment of 2,429 students. Its schools serve students from the Bullhead City Elementary School District and Mohave Valley Elementary School District.
  • URL: http://coloradoriverschools.org/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Union_High_School_District
  • Type: AdministrativeArea, Thing, Organization, Place
  • Result Score: 188.67
Colorado

Colorado

US State

  • Desc: Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains.
  • URL: http://www.colorado.gov/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado
  • Type: Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 186.08

Coto Colorado River

River in Costa Rica

Colorado River Medical Center

Medical center in Needles, California

  • Type: Thing, CivicStructure, Place, Hospital
  • Result Score: 179.74

Muyelensaurus

Dinosaur

  • Desc: Muyelensaurus is a genus of titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Argentina. It was more slender than other titanosaurs. Fossils have been recovered from the Portezuelo Formation in the Neuquén province of Patagonia. The type species is M. pecheni.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muyelensaurus
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 177.39
Common chuckwalla

Common chuckwalla

Reptile

  • Desc: Sauromalus ater is a species of lizard in the family Iguanidae. It inhabits the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauromalus_ater
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 175.38

Colorado River

River

Colorado pikeminnow

Colorado pikeminnow

Fish

  • Desc: The Colorado pikeminnow is the largest cyprinid fish of North America and one of the largest in the world, with reports of individuals up to 6 ft long and weighing over 100 pounds.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_pikeminnow
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 171.53

Colorado River

Tempisque River

Colorado River

River

Colorado River

River

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

Book by John Wesley Powell

  • Desc: The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons by John Wesley Powell is a classic of American exploration literature. It is about the Powell Geographic Expedition of 1869 which was the first trip down the Colorado River by boat, including the first trip through the Grand Canyon.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exploration_of_the_Colorado_River_and_Its_Canyons
  • Type: Thing, Book
  • Result Score: 165.12

Colorado River

Bridge in Burnet County, Texas

Colorado River 100

Event

  • Type: Thing, Event
  • Result Score: 159.70
Wayne N. Aspinall

Wayne N. Aspinall

Lawyer

  • Desc: Wayne Norviel Aspinall was a lawyer and politician from Colorado. He is largely known for his tenure in the United States House of Representatives, serving as a Democrat from 1949–1973 from Colorado's Fourth District.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_N._Aspinall
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 156.90

Colorado River Irrigation Company

Company

Arizona cotton rat

Arizona cotton rat

Rodent

Kanab Creek

Tributary in Arizona

  • Desc: Kanab Creek is one of the many tributaries of the Colorado River. It begins in Kane County, Utah, just south of the watershed to the Great Basin and flows 125 miles south to the Colorado River.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanab_Creek
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, Place, TouristAttraction, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 152.33

Colorado River (Rondônia)

River

Down The Colorado River

Amusement ride

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 146.25

Colorado River

Song by George Melachrino and his Orchestra

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 146.11

Colorado River

Song by Trout Steak Revival

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 145.07

Colorado River

Song by George Melachrino and his Orchestra

  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 144.81

Colorado River

Song by Marlin Wallace

  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 144.27
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