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GRAPHIC IMAGES of California’s drought: What losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like

By Nick Kirkpatrick August 28 




The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on Aug. 19 in Oroville, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)










A new study says that California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. Angela Fritz of The Washington Post reported scientists estimate 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost in the past 18 months.




What happens when 63 trillion gallons of water disappear? “As it turns out, 63 trillion gallons of water is pretty heavy,” Fritz wrote. ” … That incredible water deficit weighs nearly 240 billion tons, and as it evaporated, the ground began to shift” — in California’s mountains, by as much as half-an-inch.




What about California’s water supply? The Los Angeles Times reported California’s three largest reservoirs are at roughly 30 percent capacity. 




Other reservoirs are doing better — far better than the statewide average of 41 percent in 1997, when a devastating drought struck the state, said Ted Thomas…

USA EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM QUESTIONED

ECUADOR MANGO EXPORTERS REMAIN CAUTIOUS AS NEW MARKETS OPEN UP

Mangoes are ‘a sensitive business’


Along with bananas, Seatrade transports a wide range of other crops from Ecuador including mangoes and pineapples.


Ravelli said although there was potential for mango shipments to be increased this was unlikely to happen to a large extent for fear of market prices dropping.




“The mango season in Ecuador is very short, and it is an interesting moment. It’s a good time in the year because it’s just before the Peruvian big volumes, so it’s just the right timing,” he said.


“There is possibility for growth, but I think they are very careful there because it is a very sensitive business there with the prices.”



~ From an interview in Fresh Fruit Portal with SeaTrade Ecuador  Managing Director Ivo Ravelli









‘They will start to recover what they’ve lost’


Ravelli also said although it was too early to give any growth expectations, Ecuadorian banana exporters would initially be aiming to recuperate their position in the European market which had diminished over the last two…