Drought -- National Drought Mitigation Center


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Published in EARTH Magazine 57:7 (July 2012), pp. 71–72.


Copyright © 2012 American Geosciences Institute.


Drought knows no political boundaries. It affects all U.S. states and most regions of the world on a frequent basis, impacting many diverse sectors. Drought played a significant role in the starvation deaths of millions of people in the Greater Horn of Africa last year, and millions more people are threatened this year due to a drought in West Africa. Much of Australia, meanwhile, experienced severe drought conditions for a decade. In some areas of the country, it was the worst drought of the last century. Texas experienced its worst drought in state history last year; portions of the western part of the state and much of the Southwest are still under severe to exceptional drought conditions.