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New satellite images show a drastic drop in water levels at 's Lake Mead over the years - as the area grapples with what may be one of the worst droughts in US history. The startling images come as it's been revealed the historic lake - a reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam on the River - has dropped to its lowest level in 85 years, when the Dust Bowl devastated the American Great Plains in April 1937. Once the largest lake in terms of capacity in the US, the body of water has fallen on hard times the past 22 years, recording record drops year after year.The photos released by Thursday show the lake's shrinking shoreline over that span - a result of a more than 20-yearlong megadrought in the southwestern US, coupled with an increased demand for water.The images are startling, chiefly due the body of water provides hydration to tens of millions in seven states in the region - California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming. The drought, experts say, is the worst the region has seen in more than 12 centuries, and connected intimately with climate change. ‹ Slide me › THEN AND NOW: A satellite image of Lake Mead on July 6, 2000 (at left) compared with the lake's current state in July (ri The photos, released by NASA Thursday, show the lake's shrinking shoreline over the past two decades - a result of a more than 20-yearlong megadrought in the southwester The startling images come as it's been revealed the historic lake - a reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River - has dropped to its lowest level in 85 y The dry spell has left the lake - the largest in the US in terms of water capacity - a shadow of its former self, with officials reporting perilously low water levels the past several years.

Pictured is a WWII landing craft that had been submerged in the lake for decades but washed up in The last comparable - though not as severe - multidecade drought occurred in the 1500s, when the West was still largely inhabited by Native AmericThe dry spell has left the lake - situated in both Nevada and Arizona - a shadow of its former self, with officials reporting  the lake is now is just at 27 percent its full capacity.The number serves as a more than 1,000 feet decrease from 2000, when the elevation was roughly 1,200 feet above seal level.The aerial photos released by NASA Thursday provide a stark illustration of this decrease, showing shots of the lake on July 6, 2000, and July 3 of this year, by satellites Landsat 7 and Landsat A third photo released by the space agency showed the still noticeable reduction from this time last year, when the lake was roughly 30 feet deepe This week, officials reported the lake is now is just at 27 percent its full capacity - with levels plummeting by more than 1,000 feet since Today, the water in in the lake is roughly was 1040 feet above sea level - down 3.5 feet from last month, and nearly 30 feet from 2021.Over the past two years, the lake has receded almost 60 fThe Colorado River itself - which provides roughly 97 percent of the lake's inflow - has also been hopelessly hampered by the drought, and is now at only at 35 percent capacity.The drought has left millions in the states that rely on the lake for hydration without water, causing the US Bureau of Reclamation to issue an emergency request last month urging the states to reduce their water usage by between 2 million and 4 million acre-feet over the next year and a half to compensate.Experts attribute much of water loss to evaporation caused by unusually extreme heat and low humidity seen in the area over the past 22 years.  more videos

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The record low water levels are a result of the worst drought in centuries, with human-caused climate change making it 72 percent worse, studies have shWith weather patterns expected to worsen, experts say the reservoir may never be full agThe rocks that form the hard edges of the reservoir offer a stark illustration of just how far water levels have fallen. A white band of mineral deposits stains the mountainsides like the ring on a bathtub, showing where the water was at its high point after a flood in 198In May, a skeletal body was found curled in a metal barrel along the receding shoreline. Las Vegas police said the body belonged to a man who had died from an execution-style gunshot wound to the head sometime between the mid-1970s or early Officials have not confirmed the theory, but many have speculated that it bears all the markings of the sort of gangland hit that would not have been unheard of in the mob-run Las Vegas the victim was killed durinThe remains of another body found in Callville Bay have been speculated to belong to a 1950s Vegas mobster - albeit one who was killed in an innocent accident rather than as a result of foul pla The decreasing water levels has seen previously submerged portions of the lake dried up - yielding discoveries like these remains found in the lake in May.

Police say the victim inside was killed by an execution style gunshot to the Another body found along thanks to Lake Mead's receding waters.

Experts say the bones may belong to a mobster who died drowned in the lake in more videos

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The region is home to tens of millions of people and a slew of massive agricultural centers - and all are at risk because of the worsening drouExperts say that it is time to take the crisis seriously - before drinking water becomes even more sca'We have a society that's relying on there being the amount of water there was in the 1900s,' said the study's lead author, Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at the University of California, Los Angele'But now with the number of water molecules available to us declining, it really is time for us to get real about how much water there is for us to uMeanwhile, as an increasing number of previously submerged areas in the lake dry up, officials continue to make discoveries - and hope the drought subsides sResidents received some false hope in 2019, when the area for the first time in years received high levels of rainfall.

However, in the summer of 2020 through the entire next year, the drought returned in full force, indicating to Williams 'that this drought is nowhere near do  Is THIS notorious mafia hitman behind Lake Mead's Mobster in the Barrel mystery?

Mafia experts reveal tantalizing new link between killer who inspired Joe Pesci's role in Casino, three missing gangsters and Vegas reservoirWhen mobsters bury their secrets, they expect them to stay hidUsually, they're riBut as Nevada's drought-ravaged Lake Mead recedes and sunlight shines on its muddy depths for the first time in decades, we may be getting a glimpse into the dark and sordid mob history of Las Vegas, which lies just 30 miles aOn May 1, the remains of a decomposed human body stuffed inside a corroded metal barrel were discovered stuck in Lake Mead's The grisly find has all the makings of a gangland 뉴헤븐카지

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