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Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought


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Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada range rose almost an inch during California's recent drought due to loss of water from within fractured rocks.

Credit: trailkrum, CC-BY-2.0

Loss of water from the rocks of California's Sierra Nevada caused the mountain range to rise nearly an inch (24 millimeters) in height during the drought years from October 2011 to October 2015, a new NASA study finds.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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