THE DUST BOWL

by Makenzie and Sydney

DUST IN THE AIR...

The Dust Bowl of 1931 brought human misery to society when the states of Oklahoma, Texas, and parts of Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado, were blasted with strong winds of dust and dirt. The rains stopped and the blizzards began. Families suffered at the first touch of the toxic winds. This was just another issue settlers had to face during the Great Depression of 1929.

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What caused the dirty thirties?

“One of the worst climate conditions in the history of the U.S was the Dust Bowl drought.” Says AboutEducation.com. There were many reasons for this devastation and why people went “under the dust”, but it all started with a little than less rain. USGS states, “A drought is a period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems.” As citizens farmed, they polluted, bringing smog and gas into the air, which caused a gruesome drought to form in the plains. The drought was so grim that it lifted the dirt from the farming grounds into the air with strong winds.

Could another dust storm be possible?

John Mark Beilue from Amarillo Globe News says, “There will be windy spring afternoons where the gusts lift dirt in the air and the horizon is a brownish tinge, but there will never be another Dust Bowl in the Texas Panhandle. Lessons were learned, progress was made, and times have changed.” Many sources have made people come to believe that there will not be another dust bowl because of the 1930’s. But who knows? We should always be prepared for the worst.

Could it strike once more?

What if it did return? Would we as a country be ready? What are some things we can do to prevent it from happening again? There are a few natural solutions. Taking care of the farm land in the U.S and never letting the ground be bare (except in winter) can save us in the long run. Having a plan encase Dust does ever strike again would be first priority if we have any change of living through, which some did.

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