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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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Water Use On Idaho’s Snake River Plain
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Water Use On Idaho’s Snake River Plain

Natural vegetation and irrigated farmland along the Snake River Plain in Idaho use dramatically different amounts of water during the growing season.

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Where to Place a Rainwater Harvesting System
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Where to Place a Rainwater Harvesting System

Water shortages in the Middle East lead to sanitation issues in schools, resulting in periodic school closures. NASA is working to change that.

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A Little Water Goes a Long Way
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A Little Water Goes a Long Way

The tiny amount of water vapor in our atmosphere has an outsized influence on the planet: It is a potent greenhouse gas and a major driver of weather and climate.

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Freshwater Stores Shrank in Tigris-Euphrates Basin
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Freshwater Stores Shrank in Tigris-Euphrates Basin

An arid region grew even drier between 2003 and 2009 due to human consumption of water for drinking and agriculture.

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Fresh Water for Shanghai
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Fresh Water for Shanghai

The fast-growing city has polluted waterways and a growing demand for clean tap water.

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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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Drought in California’s Central Valley
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Drought in California’s Central Valley

Dark brown squares mark fields that would ordinarily support irrigated crops in California’s Central Valley in this vegetation image. In 2009, a lack of water meant that the crops were not growing well or the fields lay fallow.

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