Dead livestock are scattered on the ground in drought-ridden Somalia in this 2006 photograph.
Drought in Kansas
Drought conditions on the Arkansas River at Great Bend, Kansas in July 2012.
Drought effects Lake Hartwell, South Carolina.
A scrawny Longhorn in Big Bend Ranch State Park, West Texas. Lower-than-usual levels of vegetation have left both livestock and wildlife struggling to find food. [Read Full Story]
Lake Travis, near Austin, Tex., at 46.5 feet (14 meters) lower than usual.
Lost a cell phone? As Lake Travis dried, the receding waters revealed gadgets dropped by boaters.
As water levels dropped in OC Fischer Reservoir west of San Angelo, Tex., bacteria took over the stagnant, low-oxygen water. These bacteria turned the lake the color of blood. Dead fish, unable to survive without oxygen, float in the blood-red lake.
Dried ground in Buescher State Park near Smithville, Tex.
Before and After
Lake Texana between Houston and Corpus Christi. Above, normal conditions. Below, drought conditions.
Dead Fish in Texas
O.C. Fisher Reservoir near San Angelo, Texas has experienced major drought in recent years, as this 2011 photograph of dried-up fish reveals.
Sun-bleached fish scattered along the edges of O.C. Fischer Reservoir. [Read Full Story]
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.