Drought on land is well studied and understood. Everyone knows: the soil dries out, water reserves dry out, the plants wither and die, crops fail, animals can't find food, farming and industry hits a snag, human health is affected, food shortages happen.

What if rain stopped happening in the oceans and seas, while continuing normally on land? Does this happen at all? What would the results be both to marine life, ecosystems, and industry, as well as those on land?

I've tried to research this topic over the past few days, searching for things like "marine drought", "no rain in the sea", "ocean dry season", etc, but unfortunately the search engines have not been forthcoming, so I thought I'd come here to ask the experts.


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    $\begingroup$ I think there’s an interesting question here - but perhaps it needs to be reframed slightly. Rather than thinking of it as drought per se, perhaps you could ask ‘what is the effect of rainfall on the ocean (organisms) and what happens (if anything), when it doesn’t rain at sea for an extended period?’. $\endgroup$
    – user438383
    May 14 at 17:54
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE. I'm sorry your first experience here hasn't begun positively. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with how this site works by taking the tour and consulting the help center center starting with How to Ask for details. You can then edit your post accordingly. In particular, I would follow @user438383's advice ("drought" makes little sense in a marine context) and also add what you already know (with citations to reliable sources such as primary literature). Also note that each post should have a single clear focused question. Try search for 'marine precipitation effects'. $\endgroup$
    – tyersome
    May 14 at 22:36
  • $\begingroup$ @tyersome thanks. you are welcome to answer the question edited in the way you propose. I rolled back your edit that removes the "thanks" at the end as 1. as the reason you provide the tour page which does not say anything about this and 2. without this the last line seemed snarky which was not the intent. $\endgroup$
    – cheater
    May 15 at 1:30


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