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Image of the Day: A Fountain of Color in Yosemite Valley

Seasoned visitors to Yosemite National Park in California know that if you want to see Yosemite Falls in all of its majesty, you’d better go before late summer. In the spring and for most of the summer, snowmelt from the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains plunges nearly half a mile from the cliffs above to the Yosemite Valley below. By September, though, the meltwater often runs out, and the falls dry up. As climate change brings higher temperatures in spring and summer, the falls could begin to disappear earlier in the season, threatening not only the magnificent view, but also cutting back on the water Californians depend on for drinking and farming.

Credit: Jason Lee/Caters News

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