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Aerial view of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico © Peter McBride/Aurora PhotosJoin Our GIFs Group
For centuries, the Colorado River emptied into the Gulf of California between the Baja Peninsula and the mainland of Mexico. But dams and diversions have reduced the delta to a trickle, resulting in the desert-like landscape seen in this image. Conservation efforts on the parts of Mexico and the United States are helping to return the Colorado Delta to its former condition.