Talk:Lake Mead

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Opening a comments[edit]

Does anyone have info on how much water is lost to evaporation from Lake Mead? Burtonpe 05:20, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

[1] has a calculator that will give a rough idea. I can't tell exactly from the map what the evaporation rate for that area is, but it looks like about 100"/year.Bunthorne 23:49, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

needs something about drought[edit]

I have read it has fallen 60 feet but could not find its new area. In 2003 it was two-thirds full, I don't think it has gotten better. Anyone know?

I've found some information on current levels (as well as historical levels for Lake Mead). Lake Mead was at 51% of capacity as of October 31, 2006.

Here is the link that will show water levels(updated monthly) with history back to original fill; BrianAlex (talk) 17:06, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

The page contains a lot of useful information, as well as links to some government commissioned studies

Hope it helps

It was at 39% as of 2010, but I've added a link showing the Bureau of Reclamation estimates a fairly significant rise for 2011. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:37, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

A large rock 21:17, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

What about the massive issues about this lake?[edit]

I was told about future problems for Nevada and other states using the lake because of depletion? Is anyone working on this or was I told false information? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:34, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

No, this problem is pretty real. I'll see if I can add information about this issue at some point, but someone else can preempt me. 00:42, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Average depth, maximum depth, ecology of the lake? All details that might benefically be included mayhap? So, if anyone has this information, it would be a valued addition.  :) (talk) 16:54, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Popular culture and other information[edit]

Lake Mead plays an important role in Last Call (1992) by Tim Powers. I hesitate to add an "In popular culture" section with just that one item, however. Can anyone suggest other novels, movies, etc. set on or around Lake Mead...? --Jim Henry (talk) 18:57, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

There is also an experimental B-29 bomber that sank in the lake. It has been the subject of several documentaries because of a mysterious device and experiment that it was undertaking. Scuba divers need special permission to dive the wreck. There are also several structures that were flooded when the lake was filled, most are construction buildings used to make the dam. Akuvar (talk) 17:44, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Climate Change section[edit]

The current text misrepresents the source by implying the entire problem with Lake Mead is climate change. In reality, the source points to existing water draws and natural variability as equal factors. I am trying to correct this; please don't revert without discussing here. Thanks. FellGleaming (talk) 05:08, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

No it doesn't.
Your Help:Edit summary was not very informative, and made it look like you were objecting to not having "unless changes to water allocation levels are made" appended to a sentence that already states "at current usage allocation", which is just silly. See what you think of the newer and less redundant version. Thepisky (talk) 21:11, 13 April 2010 (UTC)
Hi, I think your new version is fine. I've done nothing but add some additional text and a rebuttal from a secondary source (the NYT). FellGleaming (talk) 21:19, 13 April 2010 (UTC)
That looks essentially fair - high five! Thepisky (talk) 23:37, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, you too.  :)

Updated image / lake status?[edit]

Lake elevation continues to drop as it can be seen here: [2]. I wonder if someone has more recent image of the lake? Cmpxchg8b (talk) 07:51, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Coordinate error 0 - 602 - 534 - 6248[edit]


The following coordinate fixes are need for (talk) 14:54, 4 November 2010 (UTC)

Coordinates updated. --Linelor (talk) 23:30, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

Third Intake Tunnel[edit]

Lake Mead has major contruction in progress, a third intake tunnel: Google search Lake Mead 3rd intake. – Conrad T. Pino (talk) 19:43, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Excised citation[edit]

The following citation - given to support claims of "multiple wet years" in the 1970s - 1990s "filling both lakes to capacity", and record lake level in the summer of 1983 - has been relocated here, as it: a) cannot support any claim carrying through the 1990s when produced in 1983, and; b) does not indicate any record level in lake height being reached in the summer of 1983.


It is a valuable historic recourse, and would be valuable for its key contents to be worked into the article and cited elsewhere. (talk) 13:07, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

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