birdsThe record-setting drought in the western United States is not just leaving lawns, fields and wildlife parched, but the deficit of about 63 trillion gallons of water is actually causing the earth’s crust to rise upward.  Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, who measured the level of the earth’s crust with a network of GPS stations that is normally used to predict earthquakes found that the amount of water the region missing is enough to totally cover it with 4 inches of water. Without this water though due to lack of rain and snow, the crust has risen an average of 4 millimeters in the western U.S. within the last year. The California mountains have seen a more dramatic rise of 15 millimeters. The loss of water since last year is equivalent to the annual loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet, according to the study published in the journal Science. More