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Vol. 49, No. 3, December 2012

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Storms, Floods, & Droughts

Earth’s delicately balanced water cycle is intensifying
People have long known that water circulates around the planet, but new evidence indicates that Earth’s water cycle is changing. Scientists are exploring all components of the system—the ocean, atmosphere, rivers, glaciers, and groundwater—to improve our ability to predict where and when life-sustaining rain and disaster-causing storms, floods, drought, and rising sea levels will occur.