Typically ecologists and wildlife mourn a river that has run dry. However, in places like Australia, many rivers experience a natural dry period annually. A recent article in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment argued the human and ecological value of a dry riverbed. Farmers often use the rich soil for growing plants while ranchers use the dry tracts for herding animals Native aquatic species have learned to adapt to the dry period as well, using the dry spell for seed and egg banks.
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