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Precipitation history of the Colorado Plateau region, 1900-2000

Fact Sheet 119-02

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Abstract

The Colorado Plateau covers 210,000 km 2 (130,000 mi 2) of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Management of this region?s resources requires an understanding of how its climate has varied in the past and may change in the near future. Recent studies by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other scientists suggest that the region may become drier for the next 2 to 3 decades, in a pattern similar to the drought of 1942?1977. The region?s population has increased fourfold since the mid-1950s, creating the possibility of severe consequences if such a drought were repeated.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Precipitation history of the Colorado Plateau region, 1900-2000
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
119-02
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2002
Language:
ENGLISH
Contributing office(s):
Southwest Biological Science Center
Description:
4 p.