Angel wondered what the river had looked like back when it still ran free and fast. These days the river ran low and sluggish, stoppered behind huge dams. Blue Mesa Dam, Flaming Gorge Dam, Morrow Point Dam, Soldier Creek Dam, Navajo Dam,. Glen Canyon  Dam. Hoover Dam, and more. And wherever dams held back the river and its tributaries, lakes formed, reflecting sky and sun: Lake Powell. Lake Mead. Lake Havasu . . .

– The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi


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