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    Understanding Drought

    By Marc Airhart, Jackson School of Geosciences
    Published: July 8, 2013

    As Texans look for ways to prepare for the next big drought, scientists at the Jackson School of Geosciences are looking to the past for answers. They’re trying to understand what triggers droughts and what turns an ordinary drought into a record-busting mega-drought.

    One of the most exciting new research sites is Westcave Preserve about an hour outside of Austin. The cave is special because it acts like a natural thermometer, recording changes in temperatures going back through time. Jackson School graduate student Richard Casteel gives a tour of the cave and explains how the cave formations offer clues to past — and future — droughts in Central Texas.

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      tozlu giyim said on Aug. 7, 2013 at 3:40 a.m.
      ''The cave looks amazing! And its so great to see scientists paying close attention to climate issues here in Texas, I think I recognize the guy with the mustache, He's always at pure fridays and saturdays. Next time he asks to buy me a drink I'll ask how the dought is going!'' Thanks
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      Candi Fernandez said on July 11, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
      The cave looks amazing! And its so great to see scientists paying close attention to climate issues here in Texas, I think I recognize the guy with the mustache, He's always at pure fridays and saturdays. Next time he asks to buy me a drink I'll ask how the dought is going!
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      Phil said on July 8, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.
      Nice job. Any ideas on how much longer our current drought is expected to last?
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