AUSTRALIA: Monsoon That Failed

Nature's vagaries were not so simply faced in Australia. Monsoon, rains sweeping in from the Indian Ocean across the northern hump of Australia have created a rich patch of cattle-raising country about the size of Texas. But in the recent monsoon season (November to March), for the first time in living memory, the rains did not come. Not only the northern pasture land, but the whole top half of Australia began to dry up. Within six months there was hardly a blade of grass in an area the size of Western Europe....

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