Humanity’s thirst for water is making Californian mountains grow

Human beings are causing mountains in California to rise, according to a new study published yesterday in scientific journal Nature. Geologists monitoring the mountains of the California Coast and Sierra Nevada ranges found that the vertical positions of more than 500 GPS sensors have been steadily increasing by between one and three millimeters every year. The authors of the study blame the rise on the huge amount of water extracted from the area by human hands. More than 160 cubic kilometers of water has been taken from the region for irrigation and other purposes in the last 150 years, a process that has contributed to a net raise in the height of the mountains, and may lead to more frequent earthquakes in the state.

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