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Warm Spring Temperatures and Western Water Supplies
May 17, 2013 | USGS

“Warmer spring temperatures since 1980 are causing an estimated 20 percent loss of snow cover across the Rocky Mountains of western North America. [...] Runoff from Rocky Mountain winter snowpack accounts for 60 to 80 percent of the annual water supply for more than 70 million people living in the western U.S.


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California Snow Pack is Low and Why That’s a Problem
April 13, 2014 | Slate.com
California already has drought problems, but mountain snowpacks in the state are really low this spring and that will prevent reservoirs from filling. Since melting snowpack is a major contributor to California's water there will likely be more water shortages this summer unless more rail falls.

Bottled Water: A Geological Product?
April 13, 2014 | Geology.com
Although much of the bottled water sold in stores is nothing more than expensive tap water, some of it is actually a geological product such as: mineral water, ground water, artesian water, spring water, sparkling water...

Global Chimney in the Pacific
January 9, 2014 | National Science Foundation
"Although few people live in the Western tropical Pacific Ocean region, the remote waters there affect billions of people by shaping climate and air chemistry worldwide. Next week, scientists will head to the region to better understand its influence on the atmosphere--including how that influence may change in coming decades if storms over the Pacific become more powerful with rising global temperatures." Quoted from the NSF press release.


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