Springs are one of the critical natural resources in Grand Canyon National Park.
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In Episode 02,"Hidden Waters," travel with scientists to explore springs hidden deep within Grand Canyon. The ecosystems of Grand Canyon's seeps and springs represent some of the most complicated, diverse, productive, provocative, and threatened ecosystems on earth.
Climate change and development
on the Coconino Plateau has raised the awareness of environmentalists, commercial developers, and resource managers to the value of spring resources.
The impact of drought and groundwater pumping
on the water quantity and quality of these delicate and rare ecosystems is little known and current hydrologic models show that some flow reduction will occur at some springs with increased development.
Although springs make up less than 0.01% of Grand Canyon's landscape, 500 times more species concentrate in them than in the surrounding desert. Researchers have discovered that each spring is far more unique than expected: many contain rare species found nowhere else in the world.
Grand Canyon's seeps, springs, and streams, please stay at least 100 feet away from the water before using soaps or urinating. Human feces must be buried at least 100 feet away from any water resource.
Last updated: December 10, 2022