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        Drought Affects California's Water Availability

        Learn about changes in water availability in California from 2013 to 2017 with this gallery of maps, satellite images, and photographs. The maps, based on data from the National Drought Mitigation Center, use colors to convey reductions in the availability of freshwater as a result of drought conditions in the state. The maps consider freshwater, including surface water (e.g., rivers, lakes, and reservoirs), aquifers, and soil moisture. The NASA satellite images of changing snowpack levels on the Sierra Nevada and the photographs of Folsom Lake water levels provide observational evidence of drought conditions in the state.

        To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

        Maps of California’s Drought Conditions in 2013, 2015, and 2017

        These maps communicate the level of drought across California in April 2013, March 2015, and April 2017. They can be used to observe changes in drought levels and to consider the impacts of drought on water availabili

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        Snowpack Changes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 2013, 2015, and 2017

        These NASA satellite images contrast snowpack levels on the Sierra Nevada. The images, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, captured peak snowpack levels at the end of winter.

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        Folsom Lake Marina in 2013, 2015, and 2017

        This composite image of the Folsom Lake Marina shows how drought conditions affected water levels in 2013, 2015, and 2017.

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