Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Location Map This view is from along US Highway 93 about 15 miles south of Hoover Dam. The view is looking west from an overlook area in the Black Mountains into Black Canyon of the the Colorado River near Willow Beach (at the north end of what is now Lake Mohave). Black Canyon cuts through dark, late Tertiary-age volcanic rocks that overly or are in faulted contact with ancient Precambrian-age crystalline basement rocks (gneiss, schist, and granitic rocks). These ancient rocks are exposed along the canyon and in the adjacent mountains in the Willow Beach area. The slope extending to the lakeshore in the foreground consists is an incised alluvial fan with washes that have cut into underlying Quaternary sedimentary deposits and locally some of the volcanic rocks (Beard and others, 2007).
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Last modified: 9/22/2010