Severe Drought Conditions in western US Causing Ground Level to Rise

August 22, 2014 12:15 PM

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With the help of hundreds of GPS sensors, researchers have concluded that parched conditions in the western United States are pushing the ground level to gradual rise. Loss of snowpack, water from lakes and groundwater has increased the earth's crust up to 0.15 of an inch across the western US. Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego conducted the study.

Due to the year-and-a-half of drought, 63 trillion gallons of water has already depleted across the western United States. The maximum loss has been seen in grounds of the snow-starved mountains of California. At this place, earth has increased three-fifths of an inch.

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