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Drought

Water is necessary for all life. During a drought, or an unusually dry period when no rain or other precipitation falls for a very long time, life undergoes hardships.

See the results of drought and learn the causes and consequences, as well as facts about the Dust Bowl and other historical droughts.

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Farming the Desert

Farming the Desert

More than 40% of Earth's land suffers from drought — every year. Meet a farmer who's using innovative farming methods and termites to combat desertification. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Severe Drought Has Lasting Effects on Amazon

Severe Drought Has Lasting Effects on Amazon

Even the Amazon rain forest has experienced drought. Discover the long-term effects of water shortage here and the role global warming plays. More...

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Nature
Defining Droughts

Defining Droughts

Droughts create big problems. Investigate the four ways scientists define droughts and their devastating effects. More...

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NOAA
Dismal Sights of the Texas Drought

Dismal Sights of the Texas Drought

Thanks to a drought in Texas, dairy and beef prices went way up in 2010. Take a look at photos of animals and crops in the affected area, as well as the damage caused by the severe lack of water. More...

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NPR
Global Drought Information System

Global Drought Information System

Droughts wreak far-reaching havoc all around the globe. View current drought conditions all over the world, including where you live, on interactive maps. More...

Interactive
NIDIS
Plant Stress Paints Early Picture of Drought

Plant Stress Paints Early Picture of Drought

Watch an animation to see how plant stress demonstrated signs of drought that developed across the United States from January through September 2012. More...

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NASA
Q&A: The Midwest Drought With Richard Seager

Q&A: The Midwest Drought With Richard Seager

Climatologist Richard Seager discusses details about a widespread drought that affected North America in 2012. More...

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NASA
Solid Rain Brings Relief to Drought-Stricken Mexico

Solid Rain Brings Relief to Drought-Stricken Mexico

Devastated by drought, farmers in Mexico can keep their crops growing even after the rain stops. Find out how new technology helps them. More...

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Scientific American
The Drought: Surviving the Dust Bowl

The Drought: Surviving the Dust Bowl

Drought turned farms in the Great Plains into desert wastelands in the 1930s. Investigate what caused the infamous Dust Bowl. More...

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PBS

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