Thursday, July 24, 2014

Groundwater Deficit Out West I Earth Observatory Reports!

"Groundwater Deficit Out West" by NASA Earth Observatory July 7, 2014

There was a time when red, white and blue meant something to one group of people, and many others misunderstood; taking it all the wrong way. Abundance did not mean, get more. America, in a hurry to burn this Republic experiment, thinking there will be another one, to dominate, and conquer. Leave us to our Beloved Earth, Gia, Tierra...Go on outta here, leave us to our globe. We will love her back to health; until a new Era is ushered in. (blogging, yada, yada, yada)

We hear what seem like little squabbles about water, ranchers, and environmentalists, lawn people, gardeners, swimmers and fishers are all screaming different things about water. 

For the last ten years, NASA has been using the technology of Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (G.R.A.C.E.), in partnership with the University of California, Irvine have been keeping track of the water levels of the Colorado Basin.
Monthly measurements of the change in water mass from December 2004 to November 2013 revealed the basin lost nearly 53 million acre feet (65 cubic kilometers) of freshwater, almost double the volume of the nation's largest reservoir, Nevada's Lake Mead. More than three-quarters of the total -- about 41 million acre feet (50 cubic kilometers) -- was from groundwater.

Colorado River Basin map
Image Credit:  U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

"The Colorado River Basin (black outline) supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. Major cities outside the basin (red shading) also use water from the Colorado River.

'We don't know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don't know when we're going to run out,' said Stephanie Castle, a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine, and the study's lead author."

GRACE Sees Water

July 23, 2014 further confirmation: 

It is important to understand what a Basin is in terms of Geology.

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