California drought causes major tectonic uplift

August 23, 2014 2:56 PM

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The lost water from the current severe drought has alleviated enough pressure from the crust to uplift land in California anywhere from 4 millimeters (.15 inch) to 15 millimeters (.6 inch) in the past few years.

Although clearly visible in before and after photographs, the water loss due to the drought in California can now be measured tangibly: the amount of water loss has been so great that the Earth’s crust is rising rapidly across the region.

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