RESOURCES: A Drying Trend

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Science  02 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5740, pp. 1467
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5740.1467d

Seven years of below-normal precipitation have slashed the amount of water in the Missouri River by nearly one-third, threatening wildlife and disrupting transportation, power generation, and agriculture. Researchers and the general public can find out whether dry conditions will persist in the Midwest and elsewhere in the country at the Drought Monitor, hosted by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. The site unites information from federal and academic sources to produce assessments of current drought conditions along with predictions. For example, experts foresee more rain across the Midwest but continuing drought in the Northwest.

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