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Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona

Lake Powell is a man made resevoir on the Colorado River straddling the border betwen Utah and Arizona. It is the second largest man made reservoir behind Lake Mead and when full at 3,700 feet above sea level, Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline. It was named after Major John Wesley Powell who led a group of nine explorers on a scientific expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers in 1869. Construction of this concrete arch type dam began on October 1st 1956 with a demolition blast keyed by the push of a button by President Dwight D Eisenhower at his desk in the Oval Office.On February 11th 1959 water was diverted through the water diversion tunnels and dam construction could begin. Later that year the bridge was completed which allowed trucks to deliver materials and equipment for the dam and also for the new town of Page, Arizona. Concrete placement started around the clock on June 17th 1960 and the last bucket was poured on September 13th 1963.The dam cost $187,000,000, first power generation was September 4th 1964 and was dedicated on September 22 1966 by Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson. Upon completion the Colorado River began to back up and the newly flooded Glen Canyon formed Lake Powell, taking 17 years for the lake to rise to the high level mark, its "full pool" on June 22nd 1980. The total capacity when full at elevation 3,700 feet is 26,215,000 acre feet and surface area 266 square miles. Releases of water from the dam were adjusted daily and sometimes hourly to respond to changes in demand which is an operation known as "peaking". This meant that the water level below the dam could fall or rise 14 feet a day.So the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies Programme was set up in 1982 which ultimately led to a Record of Decision in 1996. This means that besides meeting power needs the dam is being operated in consideration of the environment.

USA - Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona

Glen Canyon Bridge at Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona

Glen Canyon Bridge at Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona

USA - Glen Canyon Bridge at Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona

Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona

Lake Powell is a man made resevoir on the Colorado River straddling the border betwen Utah and Arizona. It is the second largest man made reservoir behind Lake Mead and when full at 3,700 feet above sea level, Lake Powell is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline. It was named after Major John Wesley Powell who led a group of nine explorers on a scientific expedition down the Green and Colorado rivers in 1869. Construction of this concrete arch type dam began on October 1st 1956 with a demolition blast keyed by the push of a button by President Dwight D Eisenhower at his desk in the Oval Office.On February 11th 1959 water was diverted through the water diversion tunnels and dam construction could begin. Later that year the bridge was completed which allowed trucks to deliver materials and equipment for the dam and also for the new town of Page, Arizona. Concrete placement started around the clock on June 17th 1960 and the last bucket was poured on September 13th 1963.The dam cost $187,000,000, first power generation was September 4th 1964 and was dedicated on September 22 1966 by Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson. Upon completion the Colorado River began to back up and the newly flooded Glen Canyon formed Lake Powell, taking 17 years for the lake to rise to the high level mark, its "full pool" on June 22nd 1980. The total capacity when full at elevation 3,700 feet is 26,215,000 acre feet and surface area 266 square miles. Releases of water from the dam were adjusted daily and sometimes hourly to respond to changes in demand which is an operation known as "peaking". This meant that the water level below the dam could fall or rise 14 feet a day.So the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies Programme was set up in 1982 which ultimately led to a Record of Decision in 1996. This means that besides meeting power needs the dam is being operated in consideration of the environment.

USA - Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona

Corona Arch near Moab

Corona Arch is a partly freestanding arch, 140' by 105' made of Navajo Sandstone. The road leading to it is located just north of Moab at a junction with U.S. Route 191, turning off onto State Route 279 known locally as Potash Road and from the trailhead is a 1.5 mile walk up Bootlegger Canyon. There is a fairly well defined path with small cairns indicating the route and although it's an easy walk, there is slickrock.Corona Arch is sometimes called "Little Rainbow Bridge" but it certainly isn't little and from a photographers point of view it's better as you can walk under it to catch different light. En route to the arch you pass Bowtie Arch. The highway was constructed in 1962-1963 to serve the potash mine and it follows an extremely gorgeous route and in 1963 was one of four finalists in a competition for most scenic highway opened to traffic that year. At the start of the walk you cross over the Potash Railroad Spur which was constructed in 1964 and connects with the mainline at Crescent Junction. On crossing the rail tracks you can see the start of a one mile tunnel they constructed so it could link up and it's quite impressive.

USA - Corona Arch near Moab

Park Avenue, Arches National Park, Utah

Park Avenue, Arches National Park, Utah

USA - Park Avenue, Arches National Park, Utah

The Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - The Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Looking across the front of The Venetian across The Strip towards Treasure Island, or T.I., Las Vegas

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Looking across the front of The Venetian across The Strip towards Treasure Island, or T.I., Las Vegas

Reflection of a streetlight on the water, in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Reflection of a streetlight on the water, in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Gondola with reflection of a street light, Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Gondola with reflection of a street light, Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas

Gondola at the Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Gondola at the Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas

Relection of The Mirage Hotel sign in the water in the front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Relection of The Mirage Hotel sign in the water in the front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Relection of The Mirage Hotel sign in the water in the front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Relection of The Mirage Hotel sign in the water in the front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Copy of the Venetian Bell Tower "Campanile di San Marco", in Las Vegas at the Venetian Resort Hotel.

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Copy of the Venetian Bell Tower

View from the front of The Venetian Resort Hotel, looking past the bell tower towards the Mirage Hotel and Caesar's Palace

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - View from the front of The Venetian Resort Hotel, looking past the bell tower towards the Mirage Hotel and Caesar's Palace

Reflection of a streetlight and Treasure Island Hotel, on the water in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Reflection of a streetlight and Treasure Island Hotel, on the water in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Reflection of a streetlight on the water, in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip. It is a Venice themed casino and hotel built on the site of the old Sands Hotel and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The Venetian has 4, 049 suites and a 53 storey extension called the Palazzo is nearing completion. When this is open it will have 3, 025 suites at which time the Venetian Resort will have 7, 074 hotel rooms and suites and will be the largest hotel complex in the world. The Venetian opened in 1999 and in addition to the lake in front of the casino the Grand Canal Shoppes has indoor gondolas which will take you around the mall. Many outside features of the hotel are based on original buildings in Venice such as the white facade of the Venetian - the Doge's Palace. The clocktower is taken from the "El paron de casa" Bell Tower and the high arched bridge is based on the Rialto Bridge.

USA - Reflection of a streetlight on the water, in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel

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