The Mystery of Missing Water From Mountain Sources
Apr 21, 2023
DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement
On the westward side of the Rocky Mountains, the Upper Colorado River Basin has historically been a wintertime storage bin for snowpack, the compressed remnants of months of falling snow. As the snowpack melts, the resulting runoff joins water sources from other mountain watersheds and fills the coffers of streams and rivers fanning out into the Western United States.