These close-up NLCD images show the water level changes to western Lake Mead. The water classification (blue) changes to barren ground (gray) as the lake shrinks from 2001 to 2011.
Golf courses show up as developed land. Even though they have vegetation (as indicated in the Landsat images as bright green), here they show up as developed, open space. This faded pink color is also used to indicate lawn grasses in large-lot single-family housing units, parks, and other vegetation planted for aesthetics.
The dark red is urban areas, and in the lower center of image is Boulder City, NV. The faded pink is conspicuous as golf courses, but another pink and red line traces toward the left—a highway that leads from Boulder City to part of Henderson. Around Lake Las Vegas are more golf courses and development in the upper left. The River Mountains occupy the blank tan space to the left of Lake Mead.