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Lake Mead Reaches a Record Low Level

July 11, 2014; 1:50 PM ET

Since Lake Mead was formed behind the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, the water level on this massive reservoir had never been lower than what was reached on July 9.

The extended drought has taken its toll, with the lake elevation dropping to 1081.85 feet. This was the lowest level since being filled. Since Wednesday the lake level has risen 0.02 feet.

It is interested to note in the chart above that all of the top 10 lowest levels have occurred since 2010. Over the last 15 years, lake levels have dropped an amazing 130 feet. The low levels are creating some changes in the status and location of boat ramps. Also, landmarks that that have once been buried below feet of water are now visible.

Though lake levels always drop in the summer months, the dropoff this year has been pretty dramatic. It is likely that even this record will be broken.

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