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The Dust Bowl

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Transcript of The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl
Food Problems
During The Dust Bowl it was very hard to get food. Crops would dry up in the bad soil. It was very hard to sell food. Some people moved because they were in debt. The government helped by giving seeds, money and equipment to farmers.
People and the food
People with no homes went to parks and ate there. People would get together sometimes and they would each bring something like a kettle for water and food to boil. People would eat hotdog, potato, and meat stew. People would put their plate over their drink so none of the dust would get in it.
Causes of the Dust Bowl
The causes of the Dust Bowl was that the soil was loose and dry and there was no rain for a long time. Another cause is that farmers dug up a lot of grassland to plant wheat.

What was the Dust Bowl?
The Dust Bowl was a series of massive dust storms. The Dust Bowl hit America in the 1930's and lasted about 8 years. It started in 1931 and ended in 1939. The Dust Bowl hit Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Dust Bowl is called the Dust Bowl because in 1935 a reporter called it the dust bowl. It was called that ever since.
Map of the Dust Bowl
How The Dust Bowl impacted health
The Dust Bowl impacted health in a big way. The Dust Bowl caused many diseases like dust pneumonia, rickets, valley fever, and malnutrition. Dust pneumonia is the build up of dust in the lungs. Rickets are a disease of children caused by vitamin D deficiency. Valley Fever is cocci. It is caused by soil-dwelling fungus. Malnutrition is the lack of not having enough nutrition. The Dust Bowl also caused death.
Jackrabbits and Grasshoppers plagues
At one point during The Dust Bowl, jackrabbits and grasshoppers descended on the land and destroyed every crop in their way. There was about 23,000 insects per acre. To get rid of the jackrabbits, farmers would put them in pens, then smash them to death with baseball bats and clubs. To get rid of the grasshoppers, farmers would crush them with tractors, burn the fields and spread insecticide.
Th Dust Bowl Ends
In 1939 The Dust Bowl finally ends due to rainfall. After, nearly 75% topsoil was blown away. Also, lakes dropped 5ft or more. About 90% of the 450 million acres of arid land suffers from desertification today.
How The Dust Bowl Impacted life Today
Today, we have learned from the Dust Bowl. We have learned about farming, sicknesses and what to do if this were to happen again.
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