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https://www.revealnews.org/article/california-is-sinking-and-its-getting-worse/

California is sinking, and it’s getting worse

California is sinking – and fast.

"While the state’s drought-induced sinking is well known, new details highlight just how severe it has become and how little the government has done to monitor it.

Last summer, scientists recorded the worst sinking in at least 50 years. This summer, all-time records are expected across the state as thousands of miles of land in the Central Valley and elsewhere sink.

But the extent of the problem and how much it will cost taxpayers to fix are part of the mystery of the state’s unfolding drought. No agency is tracking the sinking statewide, little public money has been put toward studying it and California allows agriculture businesses to keep crucial parts of their operations secret."





when the "big one" hits, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Central Valley turned into an inland sea
 
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Interestingly I would have never thought of this as a side effect before. Though now that I read it it's kind of obvious.
 
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I actually think this could be just as related to CA's long history of oil and gas extraction.
 
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- elle S. : Thank you for your critical observation ,two related causes -identical effects ! Big AL
 
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So I know this thread is a bit old, but if anybody has any thoughts on this I am curious...

Is it possible that California sinking [IF it's not sinking on the coast itself] might actually make reclamation of that land easier by the creation of more depressions to catch and hold water?

This all assumes the degredation and water misuse stops though.
 
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