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California drought causing mountains to grow taller

California Drought Causing Mountains To Grow Taller

California is heading into its third year of drought and it's gotten so bad it's actually caused the ground to rise.

Scientists in San Diego discovered that mountains in some areas have grown *half an inch* because there's no water to weigh them down.

A researcher explained to Popular Science, "Think of the Earth as a big rubber ball. It's made of material that is elastic, and if you push on it, it goes in a little bit. If that push is taken away, by water evaporating, there's less weight on that part of the earth, and it goes up."

The state is currently at an alarming Stage 4 level of drought and an estimated 62 trillion gallons of water are missing.

Data from the U.S. Drought Monitor suggests more than half the state is facing "exceptional drought" - and a map shows it's spreading quickly.

Hundreds of residents have run out of tap water, the National Weather Service reports some 4,000 wildfires have destroyed more than 80,000 acres this year and the wine industry is taking a hit - which also suffered setbacks from the 6.0 magnitude earthquake.

The severe conditions are Experts estimate the severe conditions will cost the state more than 17,000 jobs in the agriculture industry - as well as $2.2 billion this year.

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usonlymale August 26 2014 at 1:37 PM

All that water in ocean and nothing is being done about it ...

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gmgpjandon August 26 2014 at 12:24 PM

I'm a North westerner. Diverting some of our water to ca. is a small price to pay to keep Californians in Californica.

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silkroadg August 26 2014 at 12:30 PM

Yep..........17,000 jobs but only THREE of legal citizens!

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larrykad silkroadg August 26 2014 at 3:20 PM

Yeah, let the children stay. They don't need water, food or jobs.

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Kate silkroadg August 26 2014 at 11:03 PM

Think that's clever, do you? You haven't got the slightest idea what that 17,000 jobs actually mean to you-- but you'll find out when your food prices triple.

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PAUL August 26 2014 at 12:58 PM

Just wondering why the state keeps building houses and apartments when there is "no water" left. There are 25,000 new homes being built in south orange county as we speak. What about all the new water those 25,000 and thousands more throughout the state will use? What a joke. Tell us all to stop wasting water, by watering laws, and taking showers, but then keep letting developers do whatever they want.

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leslie August 26 2014 at 12:04 PM

Give California to Mexico! Problem solved! Actually several problems solved!

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drmike15 August 26 2014 at 11:27 AM

The Malthusian day of reckoning is not far off. No population planning, no economic planning, no environmental planning, just 18th century fantasies that "the market" and "free choice" create a paradise. More like the opposite: an overpopulated, polluted, impoverished, free-fire zone.

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knarfdr drmike15 August 26 2014 at 10:44 PM

Phardy: there have been tens of trillions of our tax dollars used to distribute resources in this country over the last fifty years and it hasn't done any good at all except train scores of millions to be lazy and indolent. Your Marxist socialism hasn't worked anywhere it has been tried. The problem isn't selfishness, it's lack of hard work and motivation.

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swordplay62 August 26 2014 at 12:22 PM

Mountains dont grow taller because of lower water levels...

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rjen164497 August 26 2014 at 1:23 PM

Isn't wonderful we pay someone to measure the mountains and their growth. What a contribution to mankind.

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ducklakeman August 26 2014 at 11:52 AM

obama is human excrement. flush his sorry ass already.

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opalholic August 26 2014 at 2:12 PM

California had a 7 year drought during the 70's. Lake Shasta nearly dried up, old towns were discovered at the bottom. Scientists claimed it would take 10 years for the lake to fill up. The lake was completely full after the following winter.

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