General summary of effects of the drought in the Southwest: Chapter H in Drought in the Southwest, 1942-56
Professional Paper 372-H
- H.E. Thomas
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- Related Works:
- Chapter A: The meteorologic phenomenon of drought in the Southwest
- Chapter B: General effects of drought on water resources of the Southwest
- Chapter C: Effects of drought in central and south Texas
- Chapter D: Effects of drought in the Rio Grande basin
- Chapter E: Effects of drought in basins of interior drainage
- Chapter F: Effects of drought in the Colorado River basin
- Chapter G: Effects of drought along Pacific Coast in California
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This final chapter of Prof. Paper 372 summarizes the results of a comprehensive study of drought in the Southwest, as reported in greater detail in chapters A-G. Chapter A presents some of the published and recorded conclusions concerning the basic meteorological factors that influence the patterns of precipitation in the Southwest, and describes the characteristics of the drought of 1942-56 as indicated by meteorologic records. Chapter B is a general discussion of the effects of that drought as shown by hydrologic data. Subsequent chapters (C-G) provide more detailed evaluations of the effects of drought in individual river basins and specific localities. The effects of drought are discriminated from water shortages due to other causes wherever possible.
For this summary, the hydrologic units in the Southwest are classified according to type, and examples of each type are cited, but no attempt is made to summarize the effects of drought in every hydrologic unit in the Southwest, as was described in preceding parts of this report.
The comprehensive study of drought has required analysis of the longest records available concerning all aspects of the water resources, with special attention to the 1942-56 period to ascertain similarities with earlier drought periods and contrasts with periods of greater precipitation. Despite the intended emphasis on drought, the studies have been almost as broad in scope as general studies of interrelations of the hydrologic cycle.
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- iii, 22 p.
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