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The Great Drought was century-long a period of abnormally low rainfall that took place in North and Eastern Africa at around around 500,000 BC. This dry spell led to the disappearance of four-fifths of the standing water in Africa at the time, kicking off an accelerated human expansion over the globe. The Olduvai Gorge turned into a dust bowl, forcing early humans to escape the harsh conditions in search of greener lands.

It ended after a century of struggle, with the descendants of the remaining African natives who stuck through the tough period going on to form Axum.

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