Severe Drought is Causing the Western United States to Rise Like an 'Uncoiled Spring'

August 22, 2014 11:20 AM

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Severe Drought is Causing the Western United States to Rise Like an 'Uncoiled Spring'

The drought currently gripping the western United States may be causing more than just failing crops. Scientists have taken a closer look and have found that growing, broad-scale loss of water is causing the entire western U.S. to rise up like an uncoiled spring.

The researchers first noticed this effect while they were investigating ground positioning data from GPS stations throughout the west. Pouring through the data, they kept noticing the same pattern over the 2003 to 2014 period-all of the GPS stations moved upwards in the most recent years, coinciding...

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