Lake Mead's water level has dropped to its lowest levels since the completion of the Hoover Dam. We have photos to put it all in perspective.

The 14-year drought that has parched the Southwest is forcing the waters of Lake Mead to recede more that 130 feet in the past decade.

Officials fear that the ongoing drought could force a declaration of shortage by 2017, which could affect more than 40 million people who use Lake Mead for their water.

Take a look at the shocking images in the gallery above.

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