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John Steinbeck, "East of Eden", 1952.

"There would be five or six wet and wonderful years when there might be nineteen to twenty-five inches of rain, and the land would shout with grass. Then would come six or seven pretty good years of twelve to sixteen inches of rain. And then the dry years would come, and sometimes there would be only seven or eight inches of rain. The land dried up and the grasses headed out miserably a few inches high and great bare scabby places appeared in the valley."

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"And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way."




I always think about this passage when I read about California droughts. I wonder if this is actually true and what causes it.


"California drought: Past dry periods have lasted more than 200 years, scientists say" https://www.mercurynews.com/2014/01/25/california-drought-pa...


Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs goes into depth on why this happens. We are living in pretty favorable conditions at the moment.




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