Environment & Science

California is sinking, and it’s getting worse

Michelle Sneed, a hydrologist with the geological survey, duplicated a photo by legendary hydrologist Joseph Poland to show a land sinking problem. Her photo, shown here, captures the early stages of today’s worsening subsidence problem.
Michelle Sneed, a hydrologist with the geological survey, duplicated a photo by legendary hydrologist Joseph Poland to show a land sinking problem. Her photo, shown here, captures the early stages of today’s worsening subsidence problem.

California is sinking – and fast.

While the state’s drought-induced sinking is well known, new details highlight just how severe it has become and how little the government has done to monitor it.

Last summer, scientists recorded the worst sinking in at least 50 years. This summer, all-time records are expected across the state as thousands of miles of land in the Central Valley and elsewhere sink.

Read the full story at Reveal, the website of the Center for Investigative Reporting.