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Australia is in the midst of a punishing drought that is kicking up massive dust storms and severely impacting the merino wool, wine and cattle industries. The state of Queensland was recently inundated with flood waters after the parched region received almost two weeks of rain. The flooding killed possibly hundreds of thousands of cattle.

To the south of Queensland, the state of New South Wales is still severely dry. A NASA satellite captured a dust cloud measuring over 2,000 km (1,243 miles) in length blowing over Sydney, the nearby coast, and on toward New Zealand. Photos taken from the air showcase the arid landscape and receding bodies of waters.

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An aerial view shows sheep moving across the barren grazing land of sheep farmer Wayne Smith’s property near Pooncarie, New South Wales on Feb. 14, 2019.
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The cracked bed of a water canal between Pooncarie and Menindee, Australia.
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Sheep farmer Wayne Smith stands in the dry river bed of the Darling River on his property near Pooncarie, Australia.
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Diminishing water levels on the Darling River.
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A water storage canal between Pooncarie and Menindee, Australia.
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An aerial view of Lake Pamamaroo.
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The receding waters of Lake Pamamaroo, which makes up part of the Menindee Lakes system.
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An aerial view shows dead and decaying sheep stuck in the mud of a water canal between Pooncarie and Menindee, Australia.
The Darling River and the Menindee Lakes are under pressure from low water flow as a result of the continuing drought affecting more than 98% of New South Wales.
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The Darling River and the Menindee Lakes are under pressure from low water flow as a result of the continuing drought affecting more than 98% of New South Wales.
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The dry lake bed of Menindee Lake near the township of Menindee, Australia.
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The receding waters of Lake Pamamaroo.
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A satellite view of a dust cloud drifting off the coast of New South Wales on Feb. 13.