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In 1999, few humans had concept to check the consequences of weather on civilization. Now, due partially to the groundbreaking paintings of archaeologist Brian Fagan, weather swap is a critical factor. Revised and up to date ten years after its first book, Floods, Famines and Emperors is still the definitive account of the way the world’s best-known weather occasion had an indelible impression on heritage.

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The following year, sea captain Camilo Carrillo published another paper in the same Bulletin. ”3 In 1895 Peruvian geographer Victor Eguiguren theorized that heavy rains and flooding around the northern town of Piura were linked to the El Niño countercurrent. Then Frederico Alfonso Pezet addressed the Sixth International Geographical Congress in Lima in the same year. His subject was El Niño. ”4 El Niño thus entered the world of international science. For years scientists everywhere assumed that the Peruvian countercurrent was a local phenomenon that merely disrupted the even tenor of ocean life along the Pacific shore.

6 Dead and dying victims blocked the streets of Calcutta. The South Asian monsoon failed again in 1789. A year later droughts also descended on Australia, Mexico, the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic, and southern Africa. The Nile River fell to record lows. The Indian drought endured until 1792, interspersed with destructive rainstorms. In three days in late October 1791, 650 millimeters of rain fell on Madras. A year later at least six hundred thousand people in the northern Madras region starved to death as the drought returned.

Most years little or no rain reaches the arid coastal plain. 1 on p. 147). The Andes receive most of their rain from the Amazon Basin to the east during the southern summer, November to April. Amazonian water vapor arrives on the prevailing equatorial easterlies and falls as rain on the exposed windward escarpments of the mountain ranges. Little of this rain reaches the western slopes. The Peruvian coast is watered by precipitation from the other side of the continent. An equatorial trough of relatively low pressure lies between the northeast and southeast trade wind belts, migrating northward and southward according to the season.

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