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?
Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...