What was the Dust Bowl?


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The Dust Bowl was the name given during the Great Depression to the extended drought (in some places lasting 8 years) that hit the great plains of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. The drought, added to farming practices that did not anchor soil through the planting of grasses, allowed winds to pick up loose soil. So much soil was picked up by the winds that blackwinds (wind carrying soil) were seen as far east as New York City. Thousands of farms were literally blown away. The Dust Bowl