Storms brought deep snow to the mountains that feed the vital Colorado River this winter and spring, but the dried-out landscape will soak up some of the runoff before it can reach the river and the 40 million people depending on it for water. The snowpack in the vast Upper Colorado River Basin -- encompassing almost 110,000 square miles of mountains, valleys and tributaries from Wyoming to New Mexico -- hit its seasonal peak this month, federal data show. It reached about 94 percent of the long-term average. But the melted snow that makes it into the river and eventually to Lake Powell in Utah, the second-largest reservoir in the nation, is expected to reach only 74 percent of average, forecasters say. The Colorado River serves people and about 6,300 square miles of farmland in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
You might be more familiar with the Imbrium Basin than you think. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you probably see the famous Man in the Moon (pictured above) quite often. The face's right eye is actually known as the Mare Imbrium, a dark lava plain within the Imbrium Basin. Schultz based his study on the markings, which are pronounced enough to be visible from Earth even if you're only using a small telescope, found inside the impact crater. One set of markings that radiate out from the center can be easily explained: that's the protoplanet's point of initial contact.
The Mississippi River remained above flood stage for a historic length of time, with records dating back to 1900. Additionally, local rainfall also impacted other drainages. Although rivers are finally returning to seasonal levels, the state is still feeling the effects in some of its fisheries. The Bonnet Carré Spillway opened an unprecedented two times this year for a total of 123 days, and flooding in the Atchafalaya Basin and other areas continued into August. Statewide biological sampling continues to indicate a notable reduction in the availability of oysters, shrimp, crab and finfish in those waterways.
Set the plant into the hole, just barely higher than the plant was in the pot (it will settle). Refill the hole with soil, wetting the soil and tamping it down as you go to eliminate air pockets. Once the planting hole is full, make a watering basin -- basically a moat -- around the stem or trunk. Set your hose to trickle water into the basin until the soil is saturated.