Friday, October 24, 2014

In Virtual Mega-Drought, California Avoids Defeat

A few years ago a group of researchers used computer modeling to put California through a nightmare scenario: Seven decades of unrelenting mega-drought similar to those that dried out the state in past millennia. The results were surprising. 


 Severe drought conditions reveal over 600 empty docks sitting on dry, cracked dirt at Folsom Lake Marina, which is one of the largest inland marinas in California and is down 35 percent, at Folsom Lake State Recreational Area Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. As the state ends the fourth-driest water year on record with no guarantee of significant rain and snow this winter, Californians face the prospect of stricter rationing and meager irrigation deliveries for agriculture.

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