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1830 is called the "gran seco," or the great drought.
Subsequently to the drought of 1827 to 1832, a very rainy season followed which caused great floods.
274) there is a curious account of the effects of a drought on the elephants, at Benguela (west coast of Africa).
Climate plays an important part in determining the average numbers of a species, and periodical seasons of extreme cold or drought, I believe to be the most effective of all checks.
He had the best place in the garden--warm, sunny, and sheltered; his holes were prepared with the tenderest care; he was given the most dainty mixture of compost, clay, and manure; he was watered assiduously all through the drought when more willing flowers got nothing; and he refused to do anything but look black and shrivel.
In the UK there have been numerous droughts over the last fifty years, with water supplies affected in the 1970s and 1990s.
Record-setting droughts are in the forecast for the central and southwestern United States, a study comparing past and predicted drought conditions shows.
Scientists have now compared these earlier droughts with climate simulations for the coming decades.
In 2000, severe droughts occurred in southeast Europe, Middle East, and some parts of central Asia and China that affect Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Iraq and Iran [7].
These droughts appear to have interacted with ecologic and sociologic conditions, magnifying the human impact of infectious disease in 16th-century Mexico.
But drought knows no borders, and right now in East Africa and southern Asia, tens of millions of people live at risk from persistent droughts: crops have wasted away, wells are bone dry, and vast tracts of land have turned to dust.
There are four different ways of categorising droughts.