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Drought Cost California 11 Trillion Gallons of Water

11 trillion. 11,000,000,000,000. However, you wrap your brain around it, that number is hard to fathom. But that's how many gallons of water California's three-year drought has sucked from the Earth, according to NASA. In coordination with airborne measurements and orbiting satellites, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory created first-of-its-kind data by calculating the volume of water lost during a drought. The results are somewhat apocalyptic. The Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins plummeted almost 4 trillion gallons every year since 2011. Exactly how bad is that? Well, NASA says it's more water than California uses for domestic and municipal purposes. It's also twice as much as the Colorado River's annual flow, and 1.5 times as much as the U.S. largest reservoir, Lake Mead. So...pretty bad. More via Gizmodo.

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