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EnhanceTV :: Feature Articles :: Drought eats away at the soil of Australia

Drought eats away at the soil of Australia
Drought eats away at the soil of Australia 
Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world. With large areas of desert and arid areas that experience highly erratic rainfall it is no wonder that we as a nation are familiar with the hardship of drought. Australia's past is marred by periods of very dry weather in key agricultural regions, droughts that lasted for years and resulted in massive losses of crops, livestock and land. Australiais most destructive bushfires have occurred on the back of several years of drought, with the most recent being the 2003 Canberra bushfires. Death and destruction are obvious features of drought but less noticeable is the damage to rural communities and families. Imagine several generations of history turning to dust before your eyes and not being able to do anything about it.

During 2006 the skies have promised rain that never came and the number of regions that are experiencing "exceptional circumstances" has increased. No one knows when this drought will break and with scientists promising less rain and warmer weather in the future due to global warming it is seems clear that Australiais farming communities cannot go on as they are, and survive.
 

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