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In the late 1980s, California was experiencing one of the most widespread, severe droughts in its history – and Santa Barbara wasn’t spared. Lake Cachuma, the city’s main water supply was down to 50% capacity; the city enacted draconian water consumption laws, invested in a desalination plant, and signed on for “state water; and some residents even resorted to radical alternatives to green lawns, such as...

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Willie McBride graduated in 2012 with Outstanding Achievement as a Geography Major (awarded to students graduating with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher), and his quest for outstanding achievements continues – he’s now in training with a friend, Dane Wilson, to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team of the 49er Skiff. “The 49er’s name comes from its hull length of 4.99 meters. It incorporates ideas developed in...

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Geography Graduate students fill their summers with unique experiences and educational opportunities. Read of some of the adventures the students shared during the Summer of 2016. David Miller During the summer of 2016 I was a research mentor for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), with Professor Dar Roberts of UCSB Geography as the faculty advisor for my group. SARP is an eight-week summer program that allows rising...

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