The lush green slopes of the Rocky Mountains are the source of almost all the water that keeps the American Southwest alive. The winter snowpack slowly melts over the year, guaranteeing a steady supply of water for its many rivers of which the Colorado is the most important. If temperatures rise through climate change, there may not be any snow in a few decades. The winter precipitation will immediately run off, leaving the summers dry and hot without enough water. Photos: Ronald de Hommel
August 12th, Grand Junction – Why do people want to live in Grand Junction? ‘They come here to die’, says our waitress Jenny with a wry smile, while she serves steaks and beer. Jenny works at Applebee’s, one of the dozens of fast-food and steak restaurants in Grand Junction, a roadside town of roughly 100.000 inhabitants.