|In the book Holes,
Green Lake is dry because no rain has fallen for 120
years. The book says the rain stopped coming when Trout
Walker killed Sam, the onion man, and asks, "Who do
you think God punished?"
means turning a place into a desert. Humans can do things
which make or expand deserts. Some of the ways they do
- humans let their animals eat too much of the
grasses and other plants, and then the soil blows
away because the plant roots don't hold onto it.
farming - if farmers use up the natural resources
like minerals and don't replace them, the land
becomes infertile and plants can't grow.
water - by damming rivers and taking the water
somewhere else so the land has less water.
trees - removing the trees can cause erosion of
the soil, and also let the wind blow the soil
- if the land and plants are plowed up and not
replaced properly, it leads to erosion. Also,
some of the byproducts of mining can be toxic to
plants and animals.
weather patterns - when humans change the earth
and water over big areas, the climate can change,
and make some areas deserts.
don't really believe God punishes people by stopping the
rain, do we?