Fueled by drought, large reservoir drops to lowest level since 1930s
Years of unrelenting drought are straining a large reservoir of water between Nevada and Arizona, new satellite images reveal.
Images taken July 25 show that Lake Mead’s water level has dropped by about 120 feet (37 meters) from where the water reached 15 years ago, on July 6, 2000. The Landsat 8 satellite, jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, captured both photos of the sprawling reservoir.
Lake Mead is no stranger to droughts. The man-made lake hit lower-than-average water levels in the mid-1950s and mid-1960s, and the current depletion is part of a decade-long trend, according to NASA. Lake Mead’s current low level hasn’t been recorded since the 1930s, when the lake was first being filled, agency officials said. Read more…
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