Mayor embalse de EUA en mínimo histórico infographic
El gráfico muestra niveles de agua del Lago Mead desde la década d 1940 y las grandes ciudades que dependen de él para su suministro de agua.


El Lago Mead de la Presa hoover está en su mínimo histórico

By Jordi Bou

June 24, 2021 - El Lago Mead, el mayor embalse de EUA que es crucial para el suministro de agua para 25 millones de personas, está en el nivel más bajo de su historia, resaltando la sequía extrema que aqueja el occidente de EUA.

Lake Mead, formed in the 1930s from the damming of the Colorado River at the Nevada-Arizona border is crucial to the water supply of millions of people in the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas.

On June 9, the lake surface fell to 1,071 feet (327 metres) above sea level, dipping below the previous record low set on July 1, 2016.

Roughly 75% of the American west is currently mired in “severe” drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, but the region has been strained by drought conditions for decades.

The climate crisis has amplified effects of the dryness, as rising temperatures obliterated the already sparse snowpack and baked even more moisture out of the landscape.

Scientists say human-influenced climate change has exacerbated the situation.

PUBLISHED: 25/06/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty Images