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Press Release 12-095

Dead Ahead: Less Rainfall for Drought-Sensitive Southern Hemisphere Regions?

Increasing aridity could lead to major problems for societies and ecosystems in already-arid places

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Photo showing plants in the South African fynbos.

Hundreds of species of unique South African plants may be affected by increasing drought.

Credit: Kary Johnson


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Photo of Curt Stager and Jay White retrieving a sediment core in a South African lake.

Geoscientists Curt Stager and Jay White retrieve a sediment core in a South African lake.

Credit: Kary Johnson


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Photo of a scientist holding two sediment cores from South Africa's Lake Verlorenvlei.

Sediment cores from South Africa's Lake Verlorenvlei, fed by an intermittent river.

Credit: Kary Johnson


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Photo of Curt Stager and Brian Chase collecting a sediment core with storm clouds overhead.

Curt Stager and Brian Chase collect a sediment core before a storm on Verlorenvlei.

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Photo of Christiaan King, Jay White and Brian Chase carrying a sediment core.

Christiaan King, Jay White help Brian Chase carry a sample of 1,400-year-old sediments.

Credit: Kary Johnson


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Photo of Brian Chase holding a core, Christiann King paddling and Curt Stager steering.

Curt Stager (center), Brian Chase (right) and Christiaan King with a core from Verlorenvlei.

Credit: Kary Johnson


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