Australian outback in drought
Drought in outback Queensland IMG 1610 - When drought strikes in Australia only the toughest of plants survive. The trees in this image, which was shot in the Currawinya National Park in outback Queensland, are close enough to the Paroo River to access its life-giving water, but the soil, with no substantial rains having falling for several years, is devoid of the grasses and other vegetation that would, in better times, provide food for the native animals that call this immense park home. Some people say that good seasons are always interspersed with bad ones, and that droughts will inevitably come and go. That's an undeniable fact, but human activities on a global scale have created damaging levels of greenhouse gases that are believed to be responsible for climate change. And it's global warming and the accompanying El Nino affect that, according to scientists, is seeing Australia suffer from more frequent and more severe droughts than in the previous centuries of European settlement of the continent.