Popular Mechanics-don't get political, it doesn't suit you. Facts are facts, don't skew info for political reasons.
The rest of the story...
PM sent this cute little e-mail to me today:http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/g1937/severe-drought/?slide=4
I've looked through all the photos, they're all from Lake Powell, which is located on the Colorado River straddling the border between Utah and Arizona, with a few exceptions of Horseshoe Bend on the CO River.
What PM wants you to think: "Oh my goodness, I see white lines on canyon walls... this must mean the lake's not going to be there any more!"
What you're not being told:
Lake Powell is a managed resource. Yes, the western US (especially southwest) does experience drought (in fact... every year... it's a desert.) Have the RESERVOIR discharge volumes and frequencies increased from previous years? Were these photos simply taken at the annual lowest water level? Many reservoirs, including Tongue River Reservoir in Montana, maintain lower water levels through the winter months due partly to the lesser amount of runoff reaching contributing streams and also for safety of the dam.
So what are we to gather from PM's attempt to shock the general readership (that is likely uneducated about the finer points of water resources management)?
This smells of political intent to me, and it's certainly not the first (or even the 100th) PM article that I felt was deviating from fact into the realm of sensationalism.
I know PM likes to fantasize about flying cars in every garage, but this is different. This isn't a hopeful vision of future technology. This is a misrepresentation of some beautiful photos with the intent of stirring up an otherwise ignorant population.
I see photos like these and I think to myself, "Wow! That's amazing! Take a good look because later this year or next year when the water lever returns to the normal operating level (NOL) you won't be able to see this much of the canyon."PM needs to leave politics and fact-skewing to the people that do it best, our elected officials.