All Images © Ken
School of Natural Resources, UNL.
|Lake Mead is down nearly 90 feet from the levels of just 5 years ago. The white rock is the "bathtub" ring for Lake Mead. The exposed rock is white due to salt deposits while submerged.||Same photo as on the left, just closer with a telephoto lens. Note how the "Princess Queen" boat and passengers are dwarfed by the white ring around Lake Mead|
|The line from the left to the right is a floating barrier to keep small boats from approaching the dam (which I am standing on to take this photo.||The old intake and raw water supply to BMI (which processed magnesium in Henderson during WWII).|
|The view looking downstream from the dam.||The view looking down the front face of the dam|
|The change in color from light brown to white stone along the dam (left half of photo) shows how high the water normally is behind the dam.||The relative humidity was only 9% on August 8, 2003, with an air temperature of 117 F causing continued rapid evaporation of surface water from Lake Mead.|
|The spillway in the distance (west side of the dam) stands high and dry. Historical data for the dam indicates that the Lake Mead has reached 100% capacity twice in the past.||This spillway is on the east side of the dam. The white ring shows how low the current level of Lake Mead is as of August 2003.|
|Looking into the spillway on the east side of the dam which has stood completely flow free during the current 5-year drought.||Looking back toward Lake Mead from near the spillway on the east side of the dam.|