Western Drought Ranks Among Worst of Last 1K Years

Western Drought Ranks Among Worst of Last 1K Years
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In the late 13th century, Native Americans living in cliff dwellings in the what is now the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest abandoned their homes en masse. They moved into river valleys, closer to the water that had become a scarce resource in the midst of one of the worst “megadroughts” to hit the western part of the continent in the last millennium.

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