An expansive megadrought that parched ancient Africa and southern Asia about 16,000 years ago was one of the most intense and far-reaching dry periods in the history of modern humans, new climate research indicates.
The drought hit almost all of southern Asia and most of the African continent. During the drought, Africa’s Lake Victoria — the world’s largest tropical lake and the source of the Nile — dried out, as did Lake Tana in Ethiopia and Lake Van in Turkey. And monsoons from China to the Mediterranean brought little or no rain.
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They suggest, that in addition to the convergence-zone move, the tropical rainfall systems over Africa and Asia must have weakened dramatically, perhaps in response to cooling sea surface and less water evaporating off it.
The next question, of course, is whether an extreme megadrought could strike again in our warming world.
“There’s much less ice left to collapse into the North Atlantic now, so I’d be surprised if it could all happen again – at least on such a huge scale,” Stager said in a statement.