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The nearly dry bottom of the Almaden Reservoir is shown near San Jose, California.  Photo: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Drought causes land to rise like uncoiled spring

Scientists used GPS technology to track uplift from 
recent massive loss of water

The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have now discovered that the growing, broad-scale loss of water is causing the entire western U.S. to rise up like