It pales in comparison to the 400-year dry spell in Chile’s Atacama desert, but there’s no question that the U.S. is in the throes of a severe drought. And this summer’s parched conditions have resulted in all the usual side effects, including heat waves, wildfires and crop failures. Of course, this isn’t the first time the country has been starved for water. Here is our list of five especially notable droughts in U.S. history.
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