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outback waterhole at dusk in queensland australia

Outback waterhole IMG 1854 - When drought strikes outback Australia shallow lakes become little more than muddy pools of water and, as a long dry spell continues, many of these sources of water, which are essential for the survival of both wildlife and cattle, vanish from the landscape. When every drop of water has finally evaporated during a prolonged drought, birds and native animals must either find an alternative source of water or die, and graziers, when water is no longer available for their livestock, are forced to sell their animals or move them to another property that has been spared from the punishing impact of drought. Australian inland regions, such as south-western Queensland where this scene was photographed, have known the comings and goings of droughts for centuries, but as both the frequency and the severity of such events intensify, the role that climate change and global warming might play cannot be ignored.

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