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Evolution of the landscape along the Clear Creek Corridor,Colorado--Urbanization, aggregate mining, and reclamation


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Prime agricultural land along the Clear Creek floodplain, Colorado, attracted settlement in the 1850's but the demand for sand and gravel for 1900's construction initiated a sequence of events that exceeded previous interests and created the modified landscape and urban ecosystem that exists today. The Clear Creek valley corridor offers a landscape filled with a persistent visible and hidden reminder of it's past use.The map sheets illustrate the Clear Creek landscape as a series of compositions, both at the macro view (in the spatial context of urban structure and highways from aerial photographs) and micro view (from the civic scale where landscape features like trees, buildings, and sidewalks are included). The large-scale topographic [...]


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With the high demand for Clear Creek water (less than half of the water passing through Golden flows into the South Platte River), high-cost of water rights (in the thousands of dollars per acre-ft), and potential for drought, reclamation of aggregate pits reflects society's values, community traditions, and scientific advances. Since the South Platte River and its other major tributaries are still undergoing this evolutionary process, the results of this investigation may be useful in understanding and planning their future.
Reduced-size image of the first map sheet, 360x257 pixels, 62k bytes.
Reduced-size image of the first map sheet, 360x257 pixels, 62k bytes.




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