Historically, the Colorado River was one of the most formidable rivers in the world. Each spring, melting snow from the mountains scoured the desert landscape moving millions of tons of sediment to the sea. The Grand Canyon lays testament to its erosive nature. Summer heat would bring seasonal droughts, reducing the river to a trickle impacting humans, animals, and fish.
Isolated by high mountains and harsh deserts, its fish community developed unique and specialized traits that helped them survive raging floods and prolonged droughts. Conditions were so unique that three quarters of the fish species are found nowhere else in the worlda?|
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Native fish sanctuaries of the lower Colorado River : Cibola High Levee Pond, Desert Pupfish Pond
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Fort Collins Science Center
1 folded leaf ( p.) : ill. (some col.) ; 26 x 10 cm.