• Brian D. Hinson

Drought Makes Victoria Falls a Trickle

Victoria Falls, 2002.

Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world. Over 625 million litres of water flow over the edge per minute. That's most years. That was 2002, when I was there.

The sound of all that water is thunderous, you feel it in your chest. At first you can't force your eyes from the spectacle. It's overwhelming. It feels as though you are witnessing the impossible, something CGI from a disaster movie. But it's right there, like a hundred dams broke and the world is ending.

Today, the falls are different, as a severe drought in 2019 absconded with the water, leaving just a few creeks to spray over the edge of the chasm. The lush vegetation that draped the cliff walls is a dry brown or simply gone. Many claim climate change. One cannot point to a single natural event in a single year in a specific place and shout climate. But if the cyclical droughts increase in frequency and severity...climate change may indeed be the culprit.

It's expected that the falls will recover to the usual flow in 2020. Let's hope so. What's a planet without natural wonders?

Victoria Falls, 2019.

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