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MapQuest Bugout Exercise: Final Exam
© 2006

I did NOT mention this in the article - on purpose.

I was testing your ability to interpret maps. How many of you noticed that there is a large dam at the southern end of Saylorville Reservoir? The unnaturally straight line gives it away.


Below the dam, is the runoff area for the water trapped in the reservoir. During high water periods, this area could potentially turn into a raging torrent as water is let out of the dam to keep the dam from breaking. If you live in Iowa, let me looks like it has 2 spillways, forming the Des Moines River. The Des Moines river flows right through the city of Des Moines, Iowa. The entire watershed area north of the city feeds the Des Moines reservoir.