The Dust Bowl

the horrifying story of the dust bowl

When was the dust bowl?

The dust bowl was in the 1930's.Right after the civil war had ended and it lasted up to about 10 years.

What caused the dust bowl ?

It was a combination of things that caused the dust bowl.One of the main reasons though was overly farming wich adventually led to drought.Farmers and ranchers in the nineteenth and early twentieth century learned that the soil in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma was very rich and nutrient.Wich also meant it was great for the use of farming and ranching so they moved to that area thinking the great soil would be better for them.What they didnt know was there were going to be consequences for this.They ended up plowing and planting so much the soil dried up and they experienced drought.Then the dust bowl hit.

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What was the dust bowl ?

The dust bowl was a long and hard period of time.It was after all the drought.The winds started to kick up to aroud 40 to 50 miles per hour.Then it got really hot it started to reach up to 100 degrees farenheit everyday.There were miles of dark frightening clouds of dust.Almost like a huge storm but it wasn't it was just some dust.Thats how it got its name The Dust Bowl.

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Side effects of the dust bowl

One of the most known side effects of the dust bowl is dust pneumonia.This was a very serious thing that happened.Most of the time if you got this it led to death.Other times you would just be really sick.The dust started to rise up and get so bad that people started to wear bandanas and other cloth to cover their faces so it would be easier to not breathe up the dust particles.

What did people do after the dust bowl?

After the dust bowl about 2/3 of the people left but everyone else stayed and hoped for better weather.
Stinging Dust and Forgotten Lives: The Dust Bowl (ED)

Sites used to find this information (Bibliography) :

  • History.com
  • Encyclopedia.com
  • Howstuffworks.com
  • English.com
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