River Dogz - Lake Mead
The Lake Mead landscape was shaped and defined between 13 million to 18 million years ago! Can you imagine what it must have been like back then? It was nothing like the placid scene you’ll find today.
Violent tectonic movement and a stretching of the thin earth crust around the area that is now Lake Mead allowed hot flows of mineral rich hydrothermal fluids to seep up through igneous (volcanic) rock formations. Kayaking then would not have been the pleasant excursion it is today!
The present landscape at the base of Fortification Hill was painted by these hot, mineral rich flows, and the result is truly breathtaking. The amazing rich colors you see from the Boulder Islands early in the morning is the result of minerals in the landscape, including iron, magnesium and basalt. These minerals lend rich hues and drama to the scene, and they are not to be missed on any tour of this spectacular region.
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