The Dust Bowl Project

By Brandt the boss and Presto magesto (preston)

The dust Bowl Project

“Return of the Dust Bowl”

Essential Questions: What caused the Dust Bowl and could it happen again? What can be done to prevent it from happening again?


Vocabulary and Key Terms:


Word


Definition


Example or Sentence


Climate


Is a measure of weather


Measure rain humidity etc


thermometer


Climate change


Change in weather of front or precipitation


Rain to sunny day over a period of time


Sustainability


To be stable and sturdy


For sure, positive


Future Dust Bowl


Upcoming dust bowl


Upcoming dust bowl


Hydrologic Cycle


Water cycle were water goes through different stages


Cloud rain river water drink


“Haboob”


A type of intense dust storm


Dust storm that’s crazy


Entry Document from KNWA Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff (Twitter @weatherdan):



2days
News reports suggest a dusty return
for the West in the next few years.
Will it affect Arkansas? Tune in.


1day
Scientists are baffled on how to prevent
a reoccurring dust bowl like that of the
1930’s. Any suggestions? #savethewest
#dustbowl #driedup

12hrs
Here at KNWA we are creating a contest
to try to find the next great scientists.
What caused the first #dustbowl? How
could this #dustbowl be prevented?


5hrs
Make sure to provide an explanation for
why the first dustbowl occurred, why it might
happen again, and a logical plan that
details your plan of action for preventing
the next dust bowl.



Using smore.com, you will be completing the 3 part project using various sources.
1.) An explanation for why the first dust bowl occurred- The first dustbowl occurred when farms dried out. Also when winds picked up. Also when irrigation and water were not there any more. Farms quit producing food. Irrigation failed. "Unless something is done," a government report predicted, "the western plains will be as arid as the Arabian desert." We want it now – and if it makes money now it's a good idea. But if the things we're doing are going to mess up the future it wasn't a good idea. Don't deal on the moment. Take the long-term look at things. It's important that we do the right thing by the soil and the climate. History, is of value only if you learn from it.


Wayne Lewis, Dust Bowl survivor


2.) Research and explanation of how another could happenUnder the right circumstances, say the Ogallala Aquifer gets overdrawn or climate change reduces snowmelt for the Platte and Arkansas rivers and farming halts in the High Plains, it could happen, says Nick Wiltgen, digital meteorologist for weather.com. However, he adds, it would be on a radically smaller scale.



  • 3.) Plan of action for preventing another dust bowl


  • Robot that tames crops


  • If dense dust is observed blowing across or approaching a roadway, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated.


  • Don't enter the dust storm area if you can avoid it.


  • If you can't pull off the roadway, proceed at a speed suitable for visibility, turn on lights and sound horn occasionally. Use the painted center line to help guide you. Look for a safe place to pull off the roadway.


  • Never stop on the traveled portion of the roadway.


4.) Bibliography page


Google


http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/duststrm.htm


http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/another-dust-bowl-happen-now


http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/return-dust-bowl