Boaters on Lake Powell in the US recently captured a huge sandstone cliff that collapsed into the water. According to CNNthe landslide occurred on the Utah side of the lake, where water levels have continued to fall as a result of the relentless drought that has gripped much of the West.
Shared to Instagram, the dramatic video showed a huge rock on the side of the reservoir tilting toward the water below, before collapsing, sending a towering jet into the sky and huge waves across the lake.
Speak with CNNMila Carter, who shot the video, said she was on her way to Antelope Point Marina with her husband, Steve Carter, when they saw rocks and sand falling from the cliff at the entrance to Warm Creek. They stopped the boat and started taking photos and videos documenting the event.
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Mrs. Mila said, “We didn’t expect anything like that.” She also said that when the section of the cliff broke off, her husband drove off to safety. She further added that as soon as the rock fell into the lake, a large wave was created. “I feel like the video didn’t capture the wave at the end. It was very impressive,” Ms Mila told media.
According to the IndependentJoseph Cook, of the Arizona Geological Survey, explained that the collapse could have been caused in part by the lake’s recent extremely low water levels. He said the splitting of the rocks could have been made worse by being saturated with water and then drying out.
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Lake Powell is located in northern Arizona and extends into southern Utah. It was formed when a dam was built on the Colorado River. As a result, parts of the Glen Canyon Wall, naturally well above the riverbed, were surrounded by water. However, a two-decade “megadrought” has now wreaked havoc in the American West and caused Lake Powell’s water levels to plummet, leaving the canyon much emptier than before.