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From the article: "Reducing waste seems like an obvious solution to overuse, but it can actually make the problem worse. Bradley Udall, a scientist at Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Institute—his family has been prominent in conservation and in regional and national politics for decades—told me that water use can be divided broadly into two categories: consumptive and non-consumptive. When a farmer irrigates a field with river water, he said, some of the water is consumed by whatever the farmer is growing and by evaporation, but some is returned to the stream. The ditch system in the Grand Valley carries runoff and surplus irrigation water back to the river, and that water is used again, mainly by other farmers. (Kent Holsinger told me that, on average, river water is used more than half a dozen times before it leaves the state.) Excess irrigation water also soaks into the earth, replenishing groundwater and, eventually, feeding surface streams."

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"Waste, paradoxically, is a kind of reservoir. If the residents of a suburb routinely water their lawns, they can stop during a drought. But once they’ve replaced their Bermuda grass with cacti and gravel, and once the water that formerly ran through their sprinklers has been redirected to bathrooms and kitchens in brand-new subdivisions, the enlarged system is more vulnerable in dry periods, because it contains less slack."
Lake Mead, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona, thirty miles from Las Vegas. The lake is fed by the Colorado and was last full in 1998. Since then, its volume has fallen by some sixty per cent, and the water level has dropped more than a hundred feet. Credit Photograph by Brian L. Frank
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View from Mostelberg on 1191 meters above sea level over the mountains of central Switzerland and the Ägeri Lake.
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My home for last night.
3 degrees, with thunderstorms to accompany by late night.

#nature #mountains #himalayas #camping #tent #snow #cold #beautiful #india #wanderlust
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This installation comprising a twisted entanglement of tree branches is one of the most popular ever published on Dezeen: www.dezeen.com/2013/08/09/baitogogo-by-henrique-oliveira-at-palais-de-tokyo #design   #installations  
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This is Amazing!!! earth at its best .
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Banff National Park is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located 110–180 km west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 6,641 km²
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Zion National Park is filled with beautiful geological cross-bedding. A great example of this is Checkerboard Mesa. These formations are made up of ancient sand-dunes petrified back into solid sandstone from the milennium. More recent years brought significant weathering from winds and sand particles to create the horizontal bedding. The vertical lines are cracks from the region's uplift which were further worn by water flowing down from the top of the mesa. Quite incredible to see the current result of this whole process.
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Flying over the Glaciers in JUNEAU ALASKA - May 2015
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