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Grand Coulee Dam
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Grand Coulee Dam

This natural-color image shows Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in Washington, as well as the large area of cropland irrigated by the reservoir upstream.

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Lake Powell, Utah
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Lake Powell, Utah

In the early twenty-first century, Lake Powell faced the combined threats of drought and rapid water withdrawals.

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A Pulse of Green in Australia
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A Pulse of Green in Australia

Flood water from northern Queensland drained toward a large basin in Australia’s interior—painting the desert landscape green.

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Channel Country, Northwest Queensland
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Channel Country, Northwest Queensland

These wide Australian floodplains are unique on the planet. Scientists think they are caused by the extreme variation in water and sediment discharges from the local rivers.

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Water: A Precious Resource in the Yanqi Basin
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Water: A Precious Resource in the Yanqi Basin

Water from the Kaidu River made it possible to turn part of the Taklamakan Desert into an oasis for agriculture, but it has also disturbed the water table.

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Losses in Lake Mead
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Losses in Lake Mead

The water within a large, key reservoir in the southwestern United States has fallen to levels not seen since the 1930s.

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Lake Mead Still Shrinking
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Lake Mead Still Shrinking

Ongoing drought and diminished snowpack in the Rockies have combined with increasing demands downstream to cause the great reservoir to drop to historically low levels.

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Visualizing the Highs and Lows of Lake Mead
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Visualizing the Highs and Lows of Lake Mead

In May 2016, the reservoir behind Hoover Dam reached its lowest level since the 1930s.

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Saltiest Pond on Earth
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Saltiest Pond on Earth

Despite frigid temperatures, Antarctica’s Don Juan Pond rarely freezes.

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Drought in the Klamath River Basin
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Drought in the Klamath River Basin

For more than 100 years, groups in the western United States have fought over water. During the 1880s, sheep ranchers and cattle ranchers argued over drinking water for their livestock on the high plains. In 1913, the city of Los Angeles began to draw water away from small agricultural communities in Owen Valley, leaving a dusty dry lake bed. In the late 1950s, construction of the Glen Canyon Dam catalyzed the American environmental movement. Today, farmers are fighting fishermen, environmentalists, and Native American tribes over the water in the Upper Klamath River Basin. The Landsat 7 satellite, launched by NASA and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, documented an extreme drought in the area along the California/Oregon border in the spring of 2001.

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