Lonely Planet Writer

Drought-stricken California gets that sinking feeling

Parts of California’s Central Valley are slowly sinking and the problem is being caused by the drought.

Central Valley, California.
Central Valley, California. Image by Philip Capper / CC BY 2.0

Underground water levels in the area are being depleted as farmers drill deeper to source water for the crops that make the Central Valley one of the world’s major fruit- and vegetable-growing regions. But the removal of this water is weakening the ground above it, causing the land to drop around one foot a year. With no end to the drought in sight, and no alternative water supply for farmers, the problem is likely to continue. Read more: cbsnews.com