California’s Historic Drought

All of California is in a historic drought, and images taken from a NASA satellite show the dramatic decrease in the state’s water storage since 2002.

The three images were taken in April 2002, June 2008 and June 2014. Orange and red colors represent greater water loss.

California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins, which includes the Central Valley, have suffered the most significant losses, in part due to increased groundwater pumping to support agriculture.

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