The abandoned US holiday resort that's been left out to dry

The abandoned US holiday resort that's been left out to dry

A geographic extension of the Grand Canyon, the 120-mile long, 500ft-deep Lake Mead is America’s largest reservoir. The lake was formed in 1936 with the creation of the massive Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Nevada and Arizona. The reservoir, which dropped to its lowest ever level this month, is also one of the country’s most intriguing yet ghostly tourist destinations. It's now at just 36 per cent of its capacity following a sustained “mega drought ”, which threatens water supplies to 40 million people across the US Southwest and looks likely to prompt a federally declared water shortage later this summer. Located on a fault line 35 miles south-east of Las Vegas, the lake and land around it are the country’s largest and oldest National Recreation Area – offering 1.5 million acres of stark topography. Empty mountain ranges neighbour valleys and canyons, formed by an epic combination of plate tectonics and volcanic activity. Millions of years of erosion through igneous and sedimentary rock have also played their part, some of which …
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