It has been found by scientists that Western United States and California is being plagued by drought and owing to this, there has been a drop in the overall water levels. The crust of the Earth has risen 1/6th of an inch since the year 2013.
With this year and a half of drought, around 63 trillion gallons of water is being depleted across the Western United States, as per a new study through which it is shown how the landscape is being altered by parched conditions.
The loss of groundwater, as well as surface water like reservoirs is very extreme and the West has been lifted approximately 1/6th of an inch since the year 2013, as per the researchers from U.S Geological Survey and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of San Diego. Some damage is described by Business Insider
The researchers were relying on the data from GPS or Global Positioning System stations throughout the West in order to measure how much rise in land was shown by the GPS Sensors. This uplift is the largest in the Western United States since GPS data was being used by the researchers around 10 years ago. No effect of this uplift on the likelihood of earthquakes was found by the researchers.
The severity of the drought in the West is underscored by this research. In California it is expected that the state economy would be cost $2.2 billion in jobs, lost crops as well as other damages.
The 63 trillion gallons of water that is seen missing in Western United States is equivalent to a 4 inch layer of water that has been spread across the entire region, said the researchers. On an average, owing to the loss of water, the average uplift of land in the west was 4mm and 15mm of uplift was seen in the mountains of California.