Breathtaking Photos Of Australian Drought From Above

Here: A windmill and solar panels stand next to a dam in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Scott Cooper’s property named South Park located east of the town of Gunnedah, in New South Wales, Australia, July 21, 2018. (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)

From ground level, Australia’s drought looks like a featureless, brown dust bowl, but from the air it transforms into artistry of color and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun. Circular dry plow tracks resemble the concentric circles in Aboriginal dot paintings that tell of an ancient mythology; starving cattle lining up for feed look like an abstract painting; and their black shadows stretching across the land create a surrealistic image. The worst drought in living memory is sweeping parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and many of them asking questions about the future. Continue reading »

What World’s Famous Landmarks Could Look Like In An Epic Drought

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A graphic designer has produced a haunting look at what the world’s most famous landmarks would look like if they were hit by a severe drought. Joel Krebs has intricately dried up hot spots such as the Tower Bridge in London, the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls and Machu Picchu. The designer’s works are enough to make viewers feel thirsty – they feature cracked surfaces, roll upon roll of sand, and vultures searching for carcasses in the dry heat. Joel, from Salem, Ore., revealed the idea behind the series came to him when he entered a design contest to remove famous landmarks from their surroundings, as if they’d disappeared. Here: Tower Bridge, London, after severe drought. Continue reading »

Brazil’s Drought from Above

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An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil’s worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region’s smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)
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Life Dries up During Northern Mexico’s Drought, Worst in 70 Years

A cow’s remains lie on the ground in San Isidro de Cienega in the state of Nuevo Leon on Nov. 28. Mexico is weathering its worst drought in seven decades. It is affecting almost 70 percent of the country, has devastated farm life, and is expected to continue into next year. (Reuters) Continue reading »