Droughts

Timothy, Noemi

Droughts

A Drought is not having precipitation for a period of time. It is also a scarcity of water suppling. Droughts can be widespread covering a few states. It does not have a well-defined start.

Droughts can negatively effect natural environments or ecosystems by causing a lack or scarcity of water for plants and animals.It also effects by plants not growing because water isn't present to the plants.Lastly, because of the plants not growing, animals don't have plants to eat especially if they are herbivoves.

They negativly effect people by not drinking, bathing, washing dishes, cooking, swimming, etc. It also effects people by not having a river which powers electricity to homes which leads to people not having to watch TV, playing video games ,or doing things that have to do with electronics.

From our research we couldn't find any positive effects from droughts.

The Texas Eco-regions that might be affected are the Rolling Plains, The High Plains, and the Trans Pecos regions. W.E.D. does occur because the heat can get into the cracks of the rocks it might break it overtime.

An example of an event that has occured in history was the Dust Bowl. It happened in the 1930's and it was in Oklahoma,Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and in New Mexico.What happened was that there was a severe drop of precipitation. It was the combination of drought and poor land use practice that created this drought.The affects of people in the environment was that three million people left their farms and half a million migrated to other states. Fifty million acres of land were affected.

Other intresting facts about droughts are the four different types of droughts. The types are Meteorlogical, Agricultural, Hydrological, and Socioeconomic droughts.The last fact is that droughts are a common feature of climate in California, Colorado, Georgia, and New York.

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