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Lake Mead National Recreation Area Drought Effects - Muddy River
This photo overlooks what used to be the far northern part of the Overton Arm in Lake Mead. Although the Overton Arm extends for quite a distance from the middle of Lake Mead and does not appear to be in any danger of drying up, it has receded several miles in this area.

The shallow waters of the north end of Lake Mead covered silt deposits from the Muddy River. As the water receded, intrusion plants such as Tamarisk quickly took over the freshly uncovered ground. This results in what is often extremely dense ground cover.
In the top photo, we are looking north-northeast toward Mormon Mesa from St. Thomas Point. The green fields below used to be covered completely with water. On the very far left side of the image, just above the middle, is a thin break in the green foliage  where the Muddy River struggles through it's mud to run throw this place again.

The second photo, below, looks back across from the other side of Overton Arm toward the ghost town,
St. Thomas and current terminus of the Muddy River. To the left is Overton Beach.

Prior to the flooding of Lake Mead, before
Hoover Dam was built, the area that we see in these photos was covered with different plants than what we now see.

I am not aware of any specific information on what type plant inhabited this area, however, the plant cover that we are currently witnessing in the Overton Arm is not based on indigenous plants.

What we are seeing today is not what it looked like naturally. There would probably have been a lot of mesquite growing in this area instead.
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