DROUGHT

Will drought wipe out civilization as we know it?

What is Drought?

A drought is an extended time period with little or no rain.

In this article you will learn the basic and deep information about drought.

Some of the worst droughts have occurred in India, Africa, Australia, China, and America.

JUST THE FACTS

* Droughts are weather related.


* They occur in hot areas especially like the Sahel Desert.


*Drought can happen at any time randomly but in the United States a major one occurs about once every 20 years.


* Droughts occur when there is little or no rainfall for an extended period of time.


* When there is a drought the land will appear to be cracked. These cracks are called contraction cracks. plants will also be wilted.


* Droughts effect landforms by causing contraction cracks in the ground which happens because clay in the ground shrinks from loss of water.


* Drought affects habitats by killing off animals. This happens because all the water gets dried up which causes animals to get dehydrated and then starve because the herbivores won't have any plants to eat.


* Droughts can also cause wildfires to occur more often due to the dryness of the land.

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize winning book that was written by John Steinbeck in 1939. It talks about a drought and the Great Dust Bowl set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. It was also made into a movie in 1940.

During really bad droughts thousands of animals and people can be killed due to starvation.

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In Conclusion

Drought will not likely knock out civilization as we know it, but it can knock out certain groups of animals. It can even kill people! As for right now, in Texas there are large areas of land in drought. Drought in Texas has been going on for four years now.

Emily McDonald

Author. Ninja. 7th grade student at Anna Middle School.

Ms. Malnory's 7th period class.