Too Little, Then Too Much in Australia

Outlet: The New York Times

January 16, 2011

CARPENDALE, Australia — The smashed remains of Kapernick’s Bridge — with its bent guardrails and a hanging concrete slab where road once was — are as sure a sign as any that the Lockyer Valley’s decade-long drought is finished. Next door, at the vegetable farm of Steve Kluck, the same inland tsunami that last week smashed apart towns and killed more than a dozen people in the northeast Australian state of Queensland left a deep gouge in the earth covering nearly a hectare, or two acres. Water is now plentiful; soil, unfortunately, no longer is…

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