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The Dust Bowl
Transcript of The Dust Bowl
common winds and dust storms
wind erosion The "Dust Bowl" was a name coined by reporter Robert Geiger of the Washington DC Evening Star used to describe the storm-ravaged areas that the many recent catastrophic dust storms caused from around 1934-1940. Roots of the problem Man made problems that helped create the "Dust Bowl"
Cattle raising: it deprived the land of the grasses that held it together
Overplanting and overplowing: they loosened the soil and removed the nutrients needed to grow more crops. Also made it harder for the soil to hold moisture. The Dust Bowl was caused by two things: errors by men and untimely natural disasters. Dust storms were common, but with the errors by men combined with help from nature, the "Dust Bowl" became catastrophic. As time passed, dust storms would last longer and longer. Once, a dust storm lasted 27 full days. The Dust Bowl By Kylee Veres "The dust crawled down from the north and banks pushed the farmers off their land. The big flat lakes dried away and left hollow places across the plains full of this hard, dry, cracked, gumbo mud."- Woody Guthrie Works cited "Dust Bowl." Environmental Encyclopedia. Gale, 2011. Gale Student Resources In Context. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.
"Dust Bowl." U*X*L Encyclopedia of U.S. History. Sonia Benson, Daniel E. Brannen, Jr., and Rebecca Valentine. Ed. Lawrence W. Baker and Sarah Hermsen. Vol. 2. Detroit: UXL, 2009. 466-468.
McDougal Littell, ed. The Great Depression. United States of America: Nextext, n.d. Print.
Press, Petra. The 1930s. San Diego, CA: Lucent, 1999. Print. The Dust Bowl was more severe in the grassland states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado but also took place in North Dakota and Montana and even went into Canadian Prairie Provinces. The Dust Bowl affected everyone living in the Midwest and it affected them so much that by 1940, 2.5 million people migrated. The drought got so bad that church congregations would gather to pray for rain.
People would sleep with wet rags over their mouths to keep from breathing in the dust and to help filter the air.
Sickness and respiratory problems caused by dust were nicknamed "dust pneumonia" .