NASA's satellite images of Lake Mead show dramatic drought impact

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NASA's Satellite Images Of Lake Mead Show Dramatic Drought Impact



The drought in California may be much more publicized, but other parts of the U.S. have also been suffering.

NASA recently released images of Lake Mead, one from 2000 and one from this year to show how low the water levels have gotten.

The shrinkage is clear, with the central lake and its three offshoot branches visibly receding.

In fact, the depth is currently at 1,078 feet compared to 1,200 feet 15 years ago and 1,220 feet, at maximum capacity.

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The agency also included a chart of the lake's average yearly elevation, showing a mostly steady decline since 2000.

According to their research, droughts during the mid-1950s and 1960s resulted in water losses, but the current situation marks a 10-year slide to the lowest level since it was filled in the 1930
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