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Generally understood as a period of unusually dry conditions, drought is, along with flooding (Inundation) and storms, one of the irregularly occurring climatic extremes. Droughts can occur in almost all climatic zones, and are therefore to be distinguished from so-called aridity, which is limited to regions of low precipitati…

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Glaser, Rüdiger and Tyczewski, Sebastian, “Drought”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018490>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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