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2008-06-26 12:02:41

By Alex Breitler, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jun. 26--Two years of drought have California's water managers scrambling. What if we had 200 years of drought? It's happened, a number of scientists say. And it could happen again. Trees hidden beneath the waters of Sierra Nevada lakes suggest California, and most of the West, experienced "megadroughts" that put our current water crisis in context. These Medieval dry spells -- if two centuries can be considered a "spell" -- dropped...

2008-06-24 06:02:30

By Matthew Eisley and Lynn Bonner, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jun. 24--Successive thunderstorms of the past few days soaked lawns and cushioned reservoir supplies, but they didn't come close to ending the drought. Still, we'll take it. At Falls Lake, which had been dropping steadily for weeks, several inches of rain throughout its watershed helped Raleigh's water source level off at about half a foot below full. But follow that up with a week of hot, dry weather, which...

2008-06-21 15:00:14

By Sean Boone, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jun. 21--The Florida Panhandle is still behind in rainfall, but severe drought conditions that plagued the area last year have subsided. According to Northwest Florida Water Management District Surface Water Bureau Chief Nick Wooten, the above normal rainfall the area received in January and February greatly reduced the defi cit. "We're still very dry and certainly below normal -- but we're not in a drought," he said. Wooten also...

2008-06-20 18:00:15

By Suzanne Ulbrich, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Jun. 20--The drought conditions are back. The most recent Southeast Drought Monitor this week indicates Onslow and Carteret counties are under moderate drought conditions -- but the area is better off than most in the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that 97 percent of the state is in some form of drought, up from 65 percent last week. Conditions are worse in the southwestern part of the state, where seven...

2008-06-20 09:00:17

By NATASHA ROBINSON By Natasha Robinson The Associated Press RALEIGH Almost all of North Carolina is now in a drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. The report shows 97 percent of the state in some form of drought, up from 65 percent last week. Conditions are worse in the southwestern part of the state, where seven counties are under "exceptional" drought, the most severe category. Conditions could get worse because the state never recovered from its last drought,...

2008-06-20 09:00:00

China has refilled its largest freshwater lake in the north in a five-month operation with diverted water from the Yellow River, saving the lake from drying out as a result of its headwaters being used for Olympic emergency water supply reservoirs. A total of 156 million cubic meters of water from the country's second longest river had been injected into the Baiyangdian lake in north China's Hebei Province by early on Friday morning [21 June], said the Office of State Flood Control and...

2008-06-20 06:00:15

By Jason Hardin, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. Jun. 20--Just one month ago, half of the state -- including a slice of eastern Guilford County -- had finally climbed out of the drought category as measured by the U.S. Drought Monitor. That was then. Several weeks of dry weather and a few weeks of incredibly hot weather have sent the state skidding back down the drought scale. Now, all but a tiny corner of the state is back in a moderate drought or worse, and Guilford is back...

2008-06-19 00:00:00

LUBBOCK, Texas - In more than four decades of farming, South Plains cotton producer Rickey Bearden says he's never seen an early growing season like this one. In the past month, the world's largest contiguous cotton patch has endured blast furnace-like conditions as unseasonably high temperatures and strong winds have sucked moisture from soil and whipped plants with blowing sand. All of Bearden's dryland acres are a total loss, just a month after they were planted. "I've been here a long...

2008-06-17 12:00:27

By Mikkel Pates, Agweek Magazine Jun. 17--FARGO, N.D. -- Farmers and ranchers in western North Dakota still are suffering from drought despite recent rains. Grass is very short and stockwater in dams is very low and dry in places. Officials say the rains will have an effect of making the case for federal help more difficult. In its second meeting on June 10, members of North Dakota's Agricultural Drought Task Force voted unanimously to recommend to the U.S. Department of...

2008-06-16 15:00:20

By Brenda Duran, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. Jun. 14--LONG BEACH -- Water conservation and energy shortages have taken center stage on a national level and will remain a priority, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne said Friday at the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce National Luncheon Series. The former governor of Idaho addressed local business leaders in a 30-minute speech at the Hilton hotel that focused on efforts under way to cope with record droughts in diverse...


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Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.