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Severe Drought

Australia - Dec. 2007

For years now, eastern Australia has been gripped by a severe drought of historic proportions. The agricultural and financial impacts have been tremendous with widespread tales of farmers losing everything due to failed crops.

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Gathering storm clouds bring only temporary relief but it's not enough rain.

This sign is no longer necessary since the water from this irrigation system is long gone.

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Dried out tree branches.

This is the bottom of what used to be a pond.

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An emu in the dry grass.

The cracked, parched earth.

Heat & Drought

Coober Pedy, Australia - Jan. 2015

The Town of Coober Pedy is the opal mining capital of the world. It is also incredibly hot and dry. The locals use the mining equipment to build "dugout" homes underground & in hillsides to keep cool. About half the town is actually underground.

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A prop from a sci-fi movie that ws filmed in Coober Pedy.
An Underground church in Coober Pedy.

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A dry lake bed.
The salt flats of a dry lake bed.

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This was filmed as part of an episode of "Angry Planet".
Hot & dry.