The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered the Sierra Nevada range rose almost an inch during California’s recent drought due to loss of water from within fractured rocks.
“This suggests that the solid Earth has a greater capacity to store water than previously thought,” said research scientist Donald Argus of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who led the study. Significantly more water was lost from cracks and soil within fractured mountain rock during drought and gained during heavy precipitation than hydrology models show.
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