Dust Bowl. Reality?

Future Dust Bowl

Causes of the Dust Bowl

Causes of the Dust Bowl



A drought hti in the eastern part of the country in 1930. Around 1931 it started to move toward the west. By 1934 it had turned the great plains into a dessert. “If you would like to have your heart broken, just come out here,” wrote Ernie Pyle. The dust bowl got its name on april 15, 1935, the day after black Friday. Robert Geiger, a reporter for the Associated Press, traveled through the region and wrote the following: “Three little words achingly familiar on a Western farmer’s tongue, rule life in the dust bowl of the continent – if it rains.” ­The seeds of the Dust Bowl may have been sowed during the early 1920s.



Will another Dust Bowl happen again?

Future Dust Bowl


The future dust bowl is near. A West Texas thunderstorm on July 24 kicked up a dust cloud as the winds passed over ground parched and barren from a drought that began back in 2010. Nearly 60 percent of the United States, mostly in the center and west of the country, is currently experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions, according to the National Drought Monitor. Drought is a natural phenomenon, especially in the semiarid Great Plains. But the way that humans interact with their environment prior to and during a drought can profoundly affect not only how well they weather such an event but also aspects of the drought itself. “Human-induced land degradation is likely to have not only contributed to the dust storms of the 1930s but also amplified the drought,” Seager and his colleagues wrote in a 2009 article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “These together turned a modest…drought into one of the worst environmental disasters the U.S. has experienced.”


U.S. Dust Bowl of 1930's
Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Blues

Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl was a very hard time in peoples lives