. Rivers might not be as resilient to drought as once thought « JO LEE MAGAZINE

SCIENCE NEWS – Rivers ravaged by a lengthy drought may not be able to recover, even after the rains return. Seven years after the Millennium drought baked southeastern Australia, a large fraction of the region’s rivers still show no signs of returning to their predrought water flow. There’s “an implicit assumption that no matter how big a disturbance is, the water will always come back — it’s just a matter of how long it takes,” says Tim Peterson, a hydrologist at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. “I’ve never been satisfied with that.” The years-long drought in southeastern Australia, which began sometime between 1997 and 2001 and lasted until 2010.

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