Incredible flood ends drought. Will have many good and bad effects in long and short run-

The floods stem from an unusually wet La Niña Pacific Ocean Oscillation.

Australia Floods Show No Signs of Retreating. New York Times. By J. David Goodman.
Map: Flooding in Queensland. LA Times

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Surprise! Floods will be beneficial to local wildlife, especially in the longer term. The area has been in long drought.

Long-term benefits to follow floods. By Anthony Gough.   The Courier-Mail.
Floods welcomed with open arms.
By Daniel Wills and David Jean.  The Advertiser
However,
What Australia’s Floods Mean for the Great Barrier Reef. By Krista Mahr. Time Magazine. The sediment and pollution could harm it.

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In the short run.
Warning for crocs and snakes being washed into homes. By rohitsingh. Downloads Edge.
Photo: Kangaroos, Wallabys, dogs drown. All Voices

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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