Hydrologic activity plays a big role in Bighorn Canyon. Water flowing over the land surface in rivers and streams has been the primary agent of erosion in forming the landscape of Bighorn Canyon. Water not only carved the canyon, but carried the eroded rock material downstream. Water also dissolved the cement in some of the rocks and helped weather the rocks to get it ready to erode.
Water And Plant Life
Feeding Bighorn Lake
The lake level is also determined by how much water and when that water goes through the dam. Even with equipment to measure snowpack, it is still largely a guessing situation as to when and how much run off will occur.
Water, Water Everywhere
When we look at all the stops water makes along the way in its various hydrologic cycle pathways, we realize how water seems to play a role in just about everything. Whether it thrills us as a waterfall, refreshes us when we plunge into Bighorn Lake or quenches our thirst on a hot summer day, in a manner of speaking, water always seems to be there to float our boat. Water is such a huge part of life. And come to think of it, water is a huge part of us.
Did You Know?
There are over 350 Abandoned Mineral land sites recorded in Bighorn Canyon, and even more are being discovered. These sites are the result of a mining boom, caused by the search for uranium in the production of nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Even with research the names of the companies responsible for the test sites have not been found. More...