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Ripples on a section of dry lake bottom near Folsom Dam, east of Sacramento. (Dan Brekke/KQED)
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Who has heard the like of this? For land which has drunk the rain that often falls upon it, and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed; its end is to be burned.“Has anyone ever heard of such a thing, even among the nations? Does the snow ever disappear from the mountaintops? Do the cold streams flowing from those distant mountains ever run dry? Do its cool waters from distant sourcesever stop flowing? People are not so reliable. They have stumbled in their ways off the highways and walk in muddy paths. Therefore, their land will become desolate, a monument to their stupidity. All who pass by will be astonished and will shake their heads in amazement. The people shall scatter as the wind scatters dust. And in all their trouble I will turn my back on them and refuse to notice their distress.”