The inland region, called the sertao, is high, stony, and dry, and frequently devastated by prolonged droughts (seccas).
27a or fall in droughts more than 4 or 5 ft.
Droughts, extensive in area and in duration, are by no means uncommon.
The droughts to which the island is recurrently subject are, however, a not unimportant drawback to the industry; and though the best ranges, under favourable conditions, are luxuriant, nevertheless the pastures of the island are in general mediocre.
In Ceara the smaller rivers become dry channels in the dry season, and in protracted droughts the larger ones disappear also.