This is New Mexico's spring-fed Zuni Salt Lake which concentrates salt and is considered by the Zuni people to be the sacred Ma’l Oyattsik’i, the Salt Woman. The Salt Woman is now threatened by the Salt River Project. The nation’s third-largest public utility is seeking to open an 18,000-acre strip mine at Fence Lake, ten miles from Zuni Salt Lake. To settle its coal dust, the Salt River Project plans to pump 85 gallons of water a minute from the aquifers that feed the lake for the 40 years of the mine’s planned operation.
Crater Lake in Oregon. Crater Lake is a volcanic caldera of Mt. Mazama that has filled with water. Wizard Island in the middle of the lake, and is one of the volcanic cones. Crater Lake is 1,932 feet (589 m) deep, making it the deepest lake in the United States.
This is a view of Arizona's Lake Theodore Roosevelt. It is a man-made reservoir created by a dam on the Salt River which also backed water up into Tonto Creek. At the time of this photograph, the lake had been drawn down to fifteen percent of its capacity in order to enhance the dam.
This sunset is over Arizona's 130 acre Crescent Lake in the White Mountains at an elevation of 8,900 feet. It lies 41 miles southeast of Pinetop. Surrounded by forests and rolling meadows, Crescent Lake is known for its brook and rainbow trout.