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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 05:21 PM

California snowpack could bring 5-year drought to its knees

Everything cycles

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/California-snowpack-could-bring-5-year-drought-to-10967622.php

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Reply California snowpack could bring 5-year drought to its knees (Original post)
Aldar Mar 2017 OP
AmandaCMatthews Mar 2017 #1
Aldar Mar 2017 #2
AmandaCMatthews Mar 2017 #3
Aldar Mar 2017 #4
Thorson Mar 2017 #6
Paradigm Mar 2017 #5

Response to Aldar (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:07 PM

1. One year's snowfall can't fix the damage already done.

California Sinking Faster Than Thought, Aquifers Could Permanently Shrink

California is sinking even faster than scientists had thought, new NASA satellite imagery shows.

Some areas of the Golden State are sinking more than 2 inches (5.1 centimeters) per month, the imagery reveals. Though the sinking, called subsidence, has long been a problem in California, the rate is accelerating because the state's extreme drought is fueling voracious groundwater pumping.

"Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows — up to 100 feet (30 meters) lower than previous records," Mark Cowin, director of California's Department of Water Resources, said in a statement. "As extensive groundwater pumping continues, the land is sinking more rapidly, and this puts nearby infrastructure at greater risk of costly damage."

What's more, this furious groundwater pumping could have long-term consequences. If the land shrinks too much, and for too long, it can permanently lose its ability to store groundwater, the researchers said.

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Certain hotspots are shrinking at an astonishing rate — regions of the Tulare Basin, which includes Fresno, sank 13 inches (33 cm) in just eight months, they found. The Sacramento Valley is sinking about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) per month. And the California Aqueduct — an intricate network of pipes, canals and tunnels that funnels water from high in the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern and central California to Southern California — has sunk 12.5 inches (32 cm), and most of that was just in the past four months, according to the new study.

http://www.livescience.com/51943-california-sinking-faster-than-thought.html

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:13 PM

2. Too many people on the earth in places

where the average natural rainfall cannot support large population density's. In Calif, factor in the water pumped for irrigation in the San Joaquin Valley and you get what is happening today.

Too many people in many of the arid regions in the country. Arizona and Texas are two of them.

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Response to Aldar (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:29 PM

3. Building cities in the desert was also an ignorant idea, i.e., Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Now they're crying because of a lack of water.

FOR THE GRAMMAR/PUNCTUATION NAZIS:

Style guides do not agree on whether or not a comma should follow both these abbreviations. They do all agree that a comma precedes i.e. when the i.e. phrase occurs in a running text (i.e., not enclosed in parenthesis).

The consensus seems to be in favor of the comma in American usage; against it in British usage.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/comma-after-i-e-and-e-g/

I've had someone actually become insulting and rude in their ignorance over the use of that abbreviation lately (not here). Just thought I'd head anyone else like that 'off at the pass' just in case..

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 06:38 PM

4. Same problem here in Texas

San Antonio and Austin both growing very quickly. A lot of water pumped out of aquifers. During dry hot years it can get very critical. Edwards Aquifer level is monitored closely.

Air conditioning changed where population centers are, a mass exodus from the rust belt to warmer climates after WWII. Ban air conditioning here in Texas and at least half of the states population will leave.

My grandparents lived their entire lives here with no AC.

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Response to AmandaCMatthews (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:59 PM

6. Yup, it's totally ignorant to buy property there. I wouldn't chance it.

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Response to Aldar (Original post)

Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:55 PM

5. Anyone familiar with the lib GW religion bible knows that

Chapter 1 Verse 2 explicitly states that cold (snow) in winter equals weather while hot in summer equals global warming.

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