MIDDLE EAST: Time of the Locust

In the moist heat of East Africa the locusts bred and multiplied. Then, sudden as an explosion, vast swarms rose up to darken the sky. A single swarm may occupy 250 sq. mi. of space, contain perhaps 500 million locusts, and weigh 700 tons. At least 30 swarms headed northward.

They whirred into Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and a dozen other Middle East countries. Some traveled 2,000 miles to southern Iran. Everywhere they descended in huge clouds to resume their breeding. In Iran they strewed 1,500,000 acres with their eggs. Jordan, which has to feed a half million Palestinian refugees, reported 125,000...

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