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Parched Texas landscape shrivels and burns in record drought

From cactus-eating cattle to cracked and flaming earth, here's a roundup of drought-related images we've been seeing out of Texas lately.

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The sun rises behind an irrigation sprinkler near Lubbock, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 11. In parched West Texas, it's often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water. After years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water.

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A cow with a bloodied nose stands looking in the direction of rancher Randy Bolf, who stands nearby in San Angelo, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 6. According to Bolf, the bloodied nose is a result of the cow having to eat prickly pear cactus since there is not much grass left for grazing on the 7,000 acre ranch that Bolf leases for his herd. On Father's Day 2011, a dry storm that past through the area caused a lightning strike on the property starting a fire the consumed nearly 3,000 acres of un-grazed pasture. Bolf now provides a large portion of the feed for his herd that is transported to the region from as far away as Canada according to Bolf.

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Firefighters and state officials watch as a grassfire burns, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, near Interstate 35 South of Hewitt, Texas.

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The skeletal remains of a fresh water crab on the cracked, dry bed of Lake E.V. Spence in Robert Lee, Texas, on Sunday, Aug. 7. The drought that has turned Texas and parts of the Plains into a parched moonscape of cracked earth that could persist into next year, prolonging the misery of farmers and ranchers who have endured a dry spell that is now expected to be the state's worst since the 1950s.

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A wild fire blazes Friday night in Texarkana, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 5.

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The remains of several alligator gars are seen along the dried out bed of O.C. Fisher Lake Wednesday, Aug. 3, in San Angelo, Texas. A bacteria called Chromatiaceae has turned the 1-to-2 acres of lake water remaining the color red. A combination of the long periods of 100 plus degree days and the lack of rain in the drought-stricken region has dried up the lake that once spanned over 5400 acres.

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