Disappearing Snowpacks Accelerate Diminishment Of Colorado River

3 Mar 2020 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
PRINCETON NJ, United States

New research from the US Geological Survey (USGS) assesses climate change impacts on the shrinking Colorado River which supplies water to approximately 40 million people in six southwest US states and parts of Mexico, and supports about $1 Trillion USD in economic activity.A USGS report emphasises that there is growing potential for severe water shortages throughout the basin due to diminishing snowpack. The snow is crucial to the supply of water in the river but it also also reflects sunlights and therefore acts as a shield preventing evaporation.The scientists analyzed historical data from 1912 through 2017, including a review of streamflow and climate, combined with observations of snowpack taken from satellites...

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