While this was a sensitive topic in its day, many scholars agree that the Dust Bowl could largely have been prevented from happening. Scholars from the University of Illinois agree...
The Dust Bowl or the Dirty Thirties was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940).
The phenomenon was caused by severe drought coupled with decades of extensive farming without crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops or other techniques to prevent erosion.
The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust
storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian
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During the Great Depression , an eight-year drought struck the Great Plains in the United States. The drought, coupled with soil erosion, caused massive dust
storms. The area, which became called the Dust Bowl
, became nearly inhabitable as dust
piled up like snow out... More »
In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms
carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the ...
The Dust Bowl of the 1930s lasted about a decade. Its primary area of impact was
on the southern Plains. The northern Plains were not so badly effected, but ...
The most visible evidence of how dry the 1930s became was the dust storm.
Tons of topsoil were blown off barren fields and carried in storm clouds for
The Dust Bowl, its causes and the impact on the people of the United States of
Did you know there was once a desert in Oklahoma called the Dust Bowl? During
the great dust storms of the 1930s in Oklahoma, the weather threw up so much ...