It’s Hard To Believe The California Drought Is This Bad

While tropical storms are currently slamming much of the US-Mexico border, California is still left hot and dry, in the throes of one of the worst droughts ever to hit the state. California’s history with equitable water management is dubious, and the drought of 2014 has some people drawing comparisons to the Dust Bowl, when agricultural devastation changed the lives of millions of people. Looking at these images, it’s easy to see why.

While farmers have no doubt been hit hardest by the California drought, with all of the hidden water it takes to produce common goods, no industry has remained untouched. Government officials are imposing water restrictions, though with no end in sight, it’s hard to see know how the state will handle the long-term effects of water shortages. For now, dangerously low water levels, cracking landscapes and an abundance of dried-up lakes are all that appear plainly to the eye.

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Drought Sign in California

California farmers have taken the biggest hit during the historic drought, affecting food prices in many parts of the country. Source: Seemorerocks

Low Water Levels in California

Source: EcoWatch

Aerial View of California Drought

Aerial images show a drastic change in the amount of snowfall in California from 2013 to 2014. Source: The Atlantic

California Drought Lake

Source: Daily Mail

Irrigation Dried Up in California

Irrigation systems are ill-equipped to handle the severe California drought. Source: Salon

Map of Drought in California

This map shows just how severe the California drought has become. Source: Drought Monitor

Shocking Drought in California

Source: Gallery Hip

Worst Drought in History of California

Source: Mashable

Shasta Lake Suffers in California Drought

The drought in California has transformed Shasta Lake, which was once a popular tourist attraction. Source: USGS

Napa Valley in Drought

In Napa Valley, residents struggle to grow crops and plants. Source: ALJAZEERA

Irrigation Impossible in California Drought

Source: NBC News

California Transformed in Drought

Source: NBC News

Government Mandates Water Usage Rules in California

Source: LA Times

Drought in California Killing Wildlife

The drought continues to have a negative effect on wildlife. Source: Gallery Hip

Pray for Rain in California

Source: TruNews

Horrible Drought Conditions in California

Source: KDVS

Drought in Sacramento

Source: CBS

Dams Drying Up in California

Source: NBC News

Depleted River in California

Source: NBC News

Trinity Lake in Drought

Trinity Lake, like other bodies of water in California, looks nothing like it once did. Source: USGS

Cachuma Lake in Drought

Source: KTLA

Folsom Lake in California Drought

Before and after images of Folsom Lake in California. Source: Business Insider

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The Curious Borderland Between Scotland And England

Just yesterday, Scots took to the polls en masse to determine the future of their relationship with the United Kingdom. The result? Scotland is staying loyal to the Union Jack. Approximately 55% of Scots voted not to separate from the United Kingdom, much to the dismay of many pro-independence agitators including celebrities like Sean Connery and Alan Cumming.

Such a move (or lack thereof) has global implications: in a subsequent speech, UK Prime Minister David Cameron declared the question of Scottish independence–or to its supporters, Scotland’s right to determine its own future–“settled for a lifetime”. Other independence seekers, like Catalonia and the Basque Country, had been hoping to use an independent Scotland as grounds to legitimize their fight for secession. For its part, the Kremlin was looking toward an independent Scotland that might justify its own annexation of Crimea. That, however, did not happen. While the majority of Scots voted to stay, a huge chunk of the population did not, and it’s going to take concerted efforts on both sides to soften that splintering. In the meantime, take a look at the physical splinters–if you can see them–between Scotland and England in this chilling Time Lightbox series. Clearly, independence movements are about much more than territory.

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Believe it or not, there is a ton of intelligent life within the porn industry. Case in point: Grant Meyers, who makes a living by crafting the perfect sounds to complement adult films. Considering sound to be his paint, Meyers creates rich aural works with some rather unlikely objects. Says Meyers, “Erotica is about feeling and projecting yourself into a scene…but the true activity is on the aural level. Pixels aren’t real. Sound is real. Vibrations are the contact you make with another person.”

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