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Drought hits Brazil

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Similar to some regions of the United States right now, such as in California, parts of Brazil are also facing a drought right now too. According to a recent Washington Post article, the country is facing harsh water restrictions because of the country’s reduced water supply.

Scientists believe that Brazil’s lack of rain is due to the destruction of the rainforest. As is stated in the article, “Scientists believe that because there are fewer trees able to absorb water from the ocean, less moisture is released into the air. The Amazon evaporates 20 billon tons of vapor everyday. To put this into perspective: One square mile of ocean evaporates one liter per day while one large tree in the Amazon can evaporate up to 300 liters per day.”

We have a drought fact page available that includes helpful information on understanding what drought is.
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