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Earth's Most Prominent Rainfall Feature Creeping Northward
June 30, 2009
The rain band near the equator that determines the supply of fresh water to nearly a billion people throughout the tropics and subtropics has been creeping north for more than 300 years. If the band continues to migrate at just less than a mile a year, which is the average for all the years it has been moving north, then some Pacific islands near the equator may be starved of fresh water by midcentury, or sooner.
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