Experiment will send artificial flood through dry section of Colorado River

01/2/2014 | LiveScience.com

Scientists hope that an artificial flood planned for the spring in a section of the Colorado River will revive life in a dry riverbed that runs from the U.S. into Mexico. The flood experiment comes as part of the U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty, a five-year pact signed in 2012 that deals with how the two countries share and store water. About 34 billion gallons, or 130 billion liters, of water will be released from Lake Mead and pulsed through a dry channel, with researchers monitoring the effects on wild vegetation in the area.

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