Shasta Dam, California

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, Universityof Wisconsin - Green Bay

The point of a dam is to hold the largest amount of water with the smallest plug. In this case, the strategy was to dam the Sacramento River just below its confluence with the Pit and McCloud Rivers.

Shasta Lake is nearly 700 feet deep just behind the dam.
Low grade metamorphic rocks near the dam.
Siskiyou Mountain scenery north of Shasta Lake.

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Created 15 January 2007, Last Update 06 June 2020