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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. states 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. states and two Mexican states.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 7846.41
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: 1578.35
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: 1415.91
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: Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 590.48
Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Canyon

  • Desc: The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon
  • Type: Place, TouristAttraction, Thing
  • Result Score: 385.03
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: 366.10

Colorado River

River in North 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: Thing, Place, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 288.41
Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Texas

  • Desc: The Colorado River is an approximately 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: TouristAttraction, Thing, RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 196.14

Colorado River

River

Colorado River

Amusement ride

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Colorado River

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Colorado River

River

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Colorado River

River

Colorado River

Song by George Melachrino and his Orchestra

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  • Result Score: 24.00

Colorado River

Song by Marlin Wallace

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Colorado River

Colorado River

River in Chile

Colorado River

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Colorado River

Tempisque River tributary

Colorado River

River

Colorado River

Song by Mitch White

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Colorado River (Rondônia)

River

Sport Club Internacional

Sport Club Internacional

Football club

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: AdministrativeArea, Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 5.06
Denver

Denver

City in Colorado

  • Desc: Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
  • URL: http://www.denvergov.org/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver
  • Type: City, Thing, AdministrativeArea, Place
  • Result Score: 3.69
Amazon river dolphin

Amazon river dolphin

Animal

  • Desc: The Amazon river dolphin, also known as the boto, bufeo or pink river dolphin, is a species of toothed whale classified in the family Iniidae. Three subspecies are currently recognized: I. g. geoffrensis, I. g. boliviensis and I. g. humboldtiana.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_river_dolphin
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  • Result Score: 2.48
Blue River

Blue River

Tributary in Colorado

  • Desc: The Blue River is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 65 miles long, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It rises in southern Summit County, on the western side of the continental divide in the Ten Mile Range, near Quandary Peak.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_River_(Colorado)
  • Type: Thing, RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 2.28
Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids

Soccer club

Telluride

Telluride

Town in Colorado

  • Desc: Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. The town is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains.
  • URL: http://www.telluride-co.gov/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telluride,_Colorado
  • Type: City, Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 1.69
Estes Park

Estes Park

Town in Colorado

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs

Municipality in Colorado

  • Desc: Steamboat Springs, often shortened to Steamboat, is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Routt County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,088. The city is an internationally known winter ski resort destination.
  • URL: http://www.ci.steamboat.co.us/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboat_Springs,_Colorado
  • Type: Place, City, Thing
  • Result Score: 1.36
Sockeye salmon

Sockeye salmon

Fish

  • Desc: Sockeye salmon, also called red salmon, kokanee salmon, or blueback salmon, is an anadromous species of salmon found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and rivers discharging into it.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sockeye_salmon
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 1.32
Rio Grande

Rio Grande

River in North America

Breckenridge

Breckenridge

Municipality in Colorado

  • Desc: Breckenridge is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Summit County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 4,540 at the 2010 United States Census. The town also has many part-time residents, as many people have vacation homes in the area. The town is located at the base of the Tenmile Range.
  • URL: http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breckenridge,_Colorado
  • Type: Thing, City, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 1.30
Fort Collins

Fort Collins

Municipality in Colorado

  • Desc: Fort Collins is a municipality in northern Colorado, which serves as the seat of Larimer County. Situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, Fort Collins is located 56 mi north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
  • URL: http://www.fcgov.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Collins,_Colorado
  • Type: Thing, City, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 1.20
Aspen

Aspen

Municipality in Colorado

Columbia River

Columbia River

River in North America

  • Desc: The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River
  • Type: Thing, RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 1.16
Durango

Durango

Municipality in Colorado

  • Desc: Durango is the county seat and the most populous municipality of La Plata County, Colorado, United States. It is home to Fort Lewis College. The United States Census Bureau reported a population of 16,887 in the 2010 census.
  • URL: http://www.durangogov.org/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durango,_Colorado
  • Type: City, Thing, AdministrativeArea, Place
  • Result Score: 1.15
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs

Municipality in Colorado

  • Desc: Glenwood Springs is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat of Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Glenwood Springs is located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, threading together the Roaring Fork Valley and a series of smaller towns up and down the Colorado River.
  • URL: http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenwood_Springs,_Colorado
  • Type: City, Thing, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 1.14
Vail

Vail

Municipality in Colorado

  • Desc: Vail is a home rule municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population of the town was 5,305 in 2010. The town, home to Vail Ski Resort, the largest ski mountain in Colorado, is known for its hotels, dining, and for the numerous events the city hosts annually, such as the Vail Film Festival, Burton US Open, Vail Resorts Snow Days, and Bravo!
  • URL: http://www.vailgov.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vail,_Colorado
  • Type: Thing, City, Place, AdministrativeArea
  • Result Score: 1.04

Colorado River

Song by Kim Jennings

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