Drought appears to be causing western U.S. to rise, study suggests

08/21/2014 | Discovery

The western U.S. is rising due to a severe drought, according to a study published in Science. Using GPS data, researchers have found that the mountains in California have risen more than a 0.5 inches, or about 1.25 centimeters, and elsewhere about 0.15 of an inch, or 0.4 centimeters, due to something they call an uplift effect. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego say the changes in GPS readings coincide with the drought.

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