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California’s ‘Big Dry’

KQED Science | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s ‘Big Dry’

For many parts of California, 2013 was the driest year on the books.

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California’s Vanishing Glaciers: A Defining Moment

KQED Science | May 27, 2013

California’s Vanishing Glaciers: A Defining Moment

The Lyell and Maclure glaciers in Yosemite – like glaciers and ice sheets worldwide – are in rapid state of retreat. The Lyell and Maclure were presumed to be “true” glaciers – that is, thick slabs of ice dragged downhill under their own weight, scouring the land as they move – but scientists are discovering that the Maclure is deteriorating as it moves, and the Lyell is no longer moving at all.

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A Summer Communing With California’s Glaciers

KQED Science | May 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

A Summer Communing With California’s Glaciers

Earlier this year, geologists in Yosemite Park came to the sad conclusion that one of California's iconic glaciers, the Lyell, had ground to a halt, having lost too much mass to sustain its downward movement. Knowing that California's approximately 130 glaciers will not be around forever, Tim Palmer spent a summer on a personal quest to climb and photograph as many of these frozen giants as he could manage.

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Airborne Lasers Yield Better Measure of California’s Water Supply

KQED Science | May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Airborne Lasers Yield Better Measure of California’s Water Supply

Snow runoff from the Sierra Nevada provides about a third of the state's water supply. Current estimates of how much water is in the mountains combine patchy measurements with a kind of sophisticated guesswork. But that may be about to change with new technology that's currently being tested.

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