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Huge dust storms were caused due to droughts and poor farming methods
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Tracking The Dust Storm (Primary Document #3)

Tracking The Dust Storm (Primary Document #3) | Depression In the Great Plains | Scoop.it

This map shows where the dust storm actually was. Then it shows the way it travled. It also shows where people migrated to so that they could get away from the storm. Then it shows the way the dust blew which made it land in other states. It gives you a basic idea where the storm effected the people the most.It shows where the migration comes from and where it goes too. Migration came from places that were not even affected by the dust storm.

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Newspaper Clippings (Primary document #2)

Newspaper Clippings (Primary document #2) | Depression In the Great Plains | Scoop.it

Lots of newspaper clipping from when the dust bowl had hit. Airplanes had to do emergency landings. The storm headed towards New Mexico, people thought it would turn the land into a desert. Farmers do everything they can to try and save their land and it talks about how far the farm travled. Lots of theses articles tell how it effected the people. One says that people were released from the hospital. I believe that there was alot of people in the hospital because they inhaled the dust so much.

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The 2013 Weather Trend Will Be........ (Today #2)

The 2013 Weather Trend Will Be........ (Today #2) | Depression In the Great Plains | Scoop.it

Drought across the country is being compared to "The Dust Bowl." Wheat planting in 2013 begun in isolated areas where rainhas been recived and early planting to provide wheat pasture for the cattle.The weather has had a negative impact on crops.

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Are We Headed for Another Dust Bowl? (Today #1)

Are We Headed for Another Dust Bowl? (Today #1) | Depression In the Great Plains | Scoop.it

Studies show that there is a possibility that another great dust storm could happen just like the one in the 1930's. All of the drought since 2010 is catching up to us in the summer there is not much rain just hot sunny days which makes the land dry and kills all of the grass so that nothing is left but dust. In July a thunderstorm kicked up a dust cloud and it passed onto the highway and cause drivers to not be able to see it also caused many deaths and wrecks.

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Dust Bowl (Historic #3)

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The dust bowl was given many different names such as the "Black Blizzard." The name was given to the Great Plains during the devastating drought that caused the great storm. Little rain fall, Light soil and high winds were a very destructive combination.

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800- 1,000 Word Letter

Dear Cousin Mary Ann

         How are you? Things here have been very rough. The dust storms will not stop, everyday I wake up there is dust everywhere in the house, when I go to sleep there is even more dust. I have tried to put sheets up on the windows to try and keep the dust out but it finds a way back in. I have to go to school still so I still have to go out into the storm. The way I wear my clothes had to change as well, when I go out I have to wear a mask to cover my nose and my mouth so that I will not inhale the dust and get dust pneumonia. Dust pneumonia is just when your lungs are filled with dust because of inhaling dust. It is hard living here the sun is out but the sky is always dark its like night everyday. People still have to go to work everyday and to the store so that they can get food to survive. In the morning when I wake up I have to literally wipe move dust from in front of the door just so I can get out and go to school. People wear mask and goggles so they can see where they are going it look pretty weird. Due to the farmers advancing farming methods, the topsoil began to get stripped up. The drought caused the dust bowl not by its self but with the help of these poor farming methods. As the wind blew it began to pick up the topsoil that was no longer able to stick to the ground because it had been dug up and as it blew it began to pick up more dust, which caused a huge dust cloud to form. This storm has killed all of the livestock, and covered our homes and crops. Woody Guthrie wrote songs during this time to illustrate the problems of the American people. The most famous one was “This Land Is Your Land.” This storm was given many different names such as “The Dust Bowl” or “The Black Blizzard.” People began to starve the searched everywhere for work so that they could get money to support the family. Many families started to migrate west towards California so that they could escape the storm. The storm was so great that dust from Kansas blew all the way to New York. It all started by pioneers moving here and cutting down all of the trees and the grass so that they could plant wheat. All of the things they got rid of gave the ground nutrients so the ground could stay healthy, and with out them the ground became very dry. Just to grow one inch of topsoil it takes 1,000 years but only took minutes for it to be blown away. As I said before the sky would be dark for days everything covered with dust. People had now realized the way they farm can cause natural disasters. When the storm hit we had to make our way over into the shelter because it was completely sealed and we sat there for hours with no food or any water. After it was over we went back into the house after we had to clear dust from in front of the door. Father had made a line from the barn to the house so if he was outside working in the barn and a storm hit he could find his way back to the house with out a problem. The dust stacked up so high we couldn’t even see out fence. The car was almost completely covered as well. Ma and Pa finally decided it was time for us to move out of this place but then decided it may be too dangerous to travel in the storm, so we stayed. This storm lasted for 8 years, for 8 years we lived the same daily routine not a normal one but it had been the same since the storm had hit. All of the harvest the farmers had it was destroyed, and there was nothing they could do about it. Normal food that we ate was covered in dust so most of the time we just ate whatever we could find. The normal things I use to do like just breathing or taking a walk isn’t so simple now. As the drought began to get worse farmers still continued to plow the land and pant wheat its like they don’t even care. As the years go by the number of storms continue to rise, more and more of them happen each year. We pray everyday that it would rain so things could go back to normal so that we could live normal again. Then one day in the fall it finally rained and years later the wheat became golden again and we were pulled out of a depression.

 

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Interview with J.R. Davison (primary document #1)

Interview with J.R. Davison (primary document #1) | Depression In the Great Plains | Scoop.it

This is an interview with a survivor of the dust storm. He tells in full detail about how it was during the time and the struggles. He tells about what his dad did the day after the storm and about how it looked outside the morning after the storm. He tells about what dust pneumonia was and when he got it.

The picture looks as if people got trapped inside of their homes and were not able to get out. He describes the land in a way they you could imagine it in you mind if you closed you eyes. Dust was just piled up everywhere there was no way you could escape it unless you headed towards the west.

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Dust Bowl Vocabulary

Dust Bowl Vocabulary | Depression In the Great Plains | Scoop.it

1.Prohibit- formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or the authority.

2.Burdensome- not easily borne

3.Substantially- to a great or significant extent

4.Potentially- with a possibility of becoming actual

5.Parched- dried out with heat

6.Barren- too poor to produce much or any vegetation

7.Semiarid- somewhat arid

8.Drought- a prolonged absence of something specified

9.Climatologist- someone who is expert in climatology

10. Degradation- the condition or process of degrading or being degraded

 

1. They prohibit guns in school

2. "The burdensome task of preparing the income tax return"; "my duties weren't onerous

3. During tax season our money grows substantially

4. Walking at night can be potentially dangerous.

5. Most of the crops become parched

6. During the summer crops become a barren

7. “A semiarid region with little annual rainfall"

8. Little rainfall causes droughts through out Africa

9. Climatology is not a very know job by teens

10. Farmers suffered great degradation 

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About The Dust Bowl (Historic #2)

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During the dust bowl people had hard times doing simple things such as just breathing normal. They had to wear mask over their mouths and noses to keep from inhaling the dust. If the inhaled it the would get dust pneumonia which could cause death. During these storms children still had to go to school and people could not just sit in the house all day because eventually they would have to go out and get food so they wouldn't starve. Women began to creat way to keep the dust out of their home succh as paste sheets around the window sills or hang themm over the windows. All of the farmers harvest was destroyed everything gone.

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The Dust Bowl (Historic #1)

The Dust Bowl (Historic #1) | Depression In the Great Plains | Scoop.it

People began to starve, they searched everywhere to find work to get money so they could buy food for the family. Pioneers came to the midwest and began to cut the grass and trees down so they could use the land to plant wheat. They didn't know that those things gave the ground the nutritions it needed which would later result in the dust bowl. To make build just one little inch of topsoil it takes a thousand years, it took minutes for it to be blown away. Big black clouds blocked the sun, and made the sky dark for days, covering homes with thick layers of dust. People suffered the consequences of not taking care of the farm land properly.

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