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Colorado River Basin Water Management Paper

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There were four main phases of development of the Colorado River. These were 1860
to 1920, 1920 to 1965, 1965 to the mid-1980s and the mid-1980s to the present. The period of
1860 to 1920 was characterized by the initial attempts to divert the Colorado River to provide
arable land for farming as well as water for irrigation. The period between 1920 and 1965
saw the initial plans for the construction of the Boulder Dam that was later renamed the
Hoover Dam. The period between 1965 and the mid-1980s saw an increase in population and
the enactment of endangered species regulations to reduce environmental degradation
(National Research Council 28). The period between the 1980s till the present day has seen
little physical development of new water channels as well as rapid urbanization. The project
emphasized water efficiency.
Some of the traits of the Mormon cultural landscape include grid-patterned cardinally-
oriented farm villages. The farms had a lot of irrigation ditches to channel water to the farms.
The plat of Zion was a document that contained details on how the utopian cities would be
constructed. It provided the dimensions for the construction of structures and roads in the
city. The New Mexico cultural structures were based on large ranches with towns on lands
that were next to the Pueblos.
The Great Plains is a region that has a level terrain. It was mainly made up of steppe,
prairie, and grassland. It is situated between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.

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There are two main climatic gradients: an increase in precipitation as one approach the
Mississippi River and an increase in temperature to the North and South. Near the
Mississippi, there are a lot of tall grasses, but the area close to the Rocky Mountains is
predominantly steppe (National Research Council 15). The population is somewhat sparsely
populated, and those who own large farms replace the tall grass with food crops. The
ethnicity is predominantly Caucasian, and the most common religious groups are Christians
and Mormons.
Arizona and New Mexico are neighboring states, but they have some stark
differences. From a population perspective, Arizona has around 6.8 million inhabitants as
compared to New Mexico’s two million residents. The New Mexico population is
predominantly composed of Hispanics while Arizona is predominantly White. The land grant
system in Arizona was streamlined, allowing an even distribution. However, the fraudulent
land deals in New Mexico lead to numerous false claims. The population in New Mexico was
somewhat located in urban centers while large tracts of land remained unused. As a result,
New Mexico has around a third of the population of Arizona.
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The Four Sacred Mountains are Tsisnaasjini (Mount Blanca), Tsoodzil (Mount
Taylor), Doko’oosliid (San Francisco Peaks) and Dibe Natsaa (Mount Hesperus). The
Navajos believed that they represented the four cardinal directions and named them the
Sacred Mountains of the East, South, West and North respectively.
The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute refers to the conflict between the Hopi and Navajo
over ancestral land that was initially jointly owned. Bringham Young was known for
directing the mass migration of 16,000 Mormons to Utah from Illinois. Joseph Smith was
known for publishing the Book of Mormon and creating the religious group.

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Surname 1 Student Name Instructor/Professor Course Date Geography Take Home Assignment There were four main phases of development of the Colorado River. These were 1860 to 1920, 1920 to 1965, 1965 to the mid-1980s and the mid-1980s to the present. The period of 1860 to 1920 was characterized by the initial attempts to divert the Colorado River to provide arable land for farming as well as water for irrigation. The period between 1920 and 1965 saw the initial plans for the construction of the Boulder Dam that was later renamed the Hoover Dam. The period between 1965 and the mid-1980s saw an increase in population and the enactment of endangered species regulations to reduce environmental degradation (National Research Council 28). The period between the 1980s till the present day has seen little physical development of new water channels as well as rapid urbanization. The project emphasized water efficiency. Some of the traits of the Mormon cultural landscape include grid-patterned cardinallyoriented farm villages. The farms had a lot of irrigation ditches to channel water to the farms. The plat of Zion was a document that contained details on how the utopian cities would be constru ...
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