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Submerged forest suggests massive Sierra drought

RENO - A forest submerged on the bottom of a Sierra Nevada lake holds evidence of a massive drought hundreds of years ago, scientists said.

And as Nevada and much of the country endure one of the worst drought years in recent memory, scientists continue studies of a Sierra drought they say likely dwarfed any event of modern times.

Scientists examined stands of trees rooted more than 100 feet beneath the current surface of Fallen Leaf Lake - evidence that a drought serious enough to drop lake levels by that amount and long enough to allow mature trees to grow …

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