Peter Essick on Western Drought for National Geographic

The October 2014 issue of National Geographic features a story about western drought with photography by Aurora photographer Peter Essick. The story, called  "When the Snows Fail" is a look into the current state of the American West and their persistent droughts.
Fallow Land, near Avenal, California
According to National Geographic, "The story of the Central Valley of California is the story of much of the American West, and of other inhabited deserts around the world. We have altered the driest parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona to fulfill our ambitions, and for years we have been able to ignore their natural limits. Now a growing population and a changing climate are exposing those limits as never before."
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*The above images will be available for licensing in January 2015.
To read the story in National Geographic, click here.
To see more work by Peter Essick, visit the Aurora Photos site here.