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Dust Bowl: Dust Storm Hits Great Plains (1934)

In the 1930s, severe drought conditions in the Great Plains region of the US and decades of farming without crop rotation led to a series of devastating dust storms. The storms, called "dusters" or "black blizzards," caused widespread ecological and agricultural damage. In May 1934, one of the worst storms to hit the Dust Bowl blew massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil all the way to the East Coast and dumped the equivalent of how many pounds of debris on Chicago, Illinois? More...
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i hope that it never happen again
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Sorry to tell you striker, we have "dust bowl" type conditions right now. The last one I specifically remember was in 2013. We are in the midst of a drought that may last decades. Where will all the Okie descendants go now that California is out of water?
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I would go east this time around
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OUR DUST BOWL NOW WOULD BE WORST IF NOT FOR ALL THE CEMENT AND ASPHALT EVERYWHERE.
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China is kind of a dust bowl right now
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The drought of the Thirties lasted a decade. Despite the great exodus of "Okies" to California, mythologized in John Steinbeck's masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath, most people in the Southern Plains stayed. They were tough and resilient, and still are. They adapted to the harsh, unyielding land they farmed, devising new farm techniques to help the soil recover.

Since 1985, the National Resources Conservation Service, run by the USDA, has been paying farmers with badly eroded land to take it out of production and grow native grasses instead.

"You have to be an optimist to be a farmer," says Iris Imler, programs coordinator of the Cimarron County Conservation District, which partners with the USDA to assist farmers and ranchers. "You know the saying in a drought—we're one day closer to rain."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140516-dust-bowl-drought-oklahoma-panhandle-food/
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It is easy to talk about the depletion of grasses, but if you go back farther in history Oklahoma was originally 70-80% forest land. When you cut away all the lumber, then there is nothing to stop the loss of the ground - we know that now, but there should be an attempt made to replace the thousands of miles of topsoil - and then replant trees.
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Reading this article reminded me of the movie "Interstellar"
All that sand everywhere in the house.
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