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Press Release 09-075
As World Warms, Water Levels Dropping in Major Rivers

Colorado, Yellow, Ganges, Niger among those rivers affected

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Photo of the Colorado River.

The Colorado River is among rivers worldwide that have been affected by a warming Earth.

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey


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Map showing river flow trends worldwide between 1948 and 2004.

River flow trends worldwide between 1948 and 2004 show that many rivers have lower flows.

Credit: Courtesy Journal of Climate, UCAR


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Satellite image showing China's Yellow River.

China's Yellow River, shown in this satellite image, has decreased water flow.

Credit: NASA


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Satellite image of India's Ganges River pouring sediment into the Bay of Bengal.

The Ganges River pours sediment into the Bay of Bengal; the river's water levels are changing.

Credit: NASA


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