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This is the low point of my hike, at least in terms of altitude, the surface of the submerged Pipeline Canyon. It's a popular cove for camping and fishing on Lake Pleasant.

The "bathtub ring" indicates the lake is lower than it has been, but, unlike other reservoirs such as Lake Powell (at 30% capacity), that is not an indication of the ongoing regional drought. That's because Lake Powell is a reservoir for the Central Arizona Project, a system of linked canals supplying irrigation water to the state's farms. The water level in the lake rises and falls depending on downstream demand and isn't influenced significantly by precipitation in the Agua Fria River's cachement area.

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ISO 100, f/11 @ 1/160th second, 22mm focal length

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