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Could another Dust Bowl happen now? - Curiosity

Could another Dust Bowl happen now? - Curiosity | The Dust Bowl By Melissa K | Scoop.it
As the arid portions of U.S. grow dryer, chances of another Dust Bowl increase; sustainable agriculture can help. Learn more from Curiosity.com.
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Current Event 2 Is Climate Change to Blame for the Current U.S. Drought? | MIT Technology Review

Current Event 2             Is Climate Change to Blame for the Current U.S. Drought? | MIT Technology Review | The Dust Bowl By Melissa K | Scoop.it
A leading climate scientist describes the possible connection.
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VOCABULARY

~Vocabulary from my Primary Documents

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1)   Topsoil~ the top layer of soil.

2)   Panhandles~ A narrow strip of territory projecting from the main territory of one state into another state

3)  Reservoir~ a natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, especially water for supplying a community, irrigating land, furnishing power, etc.

4)  sediments~ matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid

5)  prehistoric~ very old, primitive, or out of date.

6)  experienced~Adjective Having knowledge or skill in a particular field, esp. a profession or job, gained over a period of time.

7)  Paleoclimatology~ (also Palaeoclimatology) is the study of climate change taken on the scale of the entire history of Earth. It uses

8)  devastated~  to destroy or ruin 

9)  encompassing~ surround and have or hold within

10)  Agriculture~ the art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops, and the rearing and management of live stock; tillage; husbandry; farming.

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Topic Website 2 Dust Bowl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Dust Bowl, or the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands in the 1930s, particularly in 1934 and 1936. The phenomenon was caused by severe drought combined with farming methods that did not include crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops, soil terracing and wind-breaking trees to prevent wind erosion.[1] Extensive deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains in the preceding decade had displaced the natural deep-rooted grasses that normally kept the soil in place and trapped moisture even during periods of drought and high winds. Rapid mechanization of farm implements, especially small gasoline tractors and widespread use of the harvester-combine were significant in the decisions to convert grassland (much of which received no more than 10 inches (250 mm) of precipitation per year) to cultivated cropland.

During the drought of the 1930s, without natural anchors to keep the soil in place, it dried, turned to dust, and blew away with the prevailing winds. At times, the clouds blackened the sky, reaching all the way to East Coast cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. Much of the soil ended up deposited in the Atlantic Ocean, carried by prevailing winds. These immense dust storms—given names such as "black blizzards" and "black rollers"—often reduced visibility to a few feet (a meter) or less. The Dust Bowl affected 100,000,000 acres (400,000 km2), centered on the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and adjacent parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas.[2]

Millions of acres of farmland were damaged, and hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes; many of these families (often known as "Okies", since so many came from Oklahoma) migrated to California and other states, where they found economic conditions little better during the Great Depression than those they had left. Owning no land, many became migrant workers who traveled from farm to farm to pick fruit and other crops at starvation wages. Author John Steinbeck later wrote The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Of Mice and Men, about such people.

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Approaching Dust Storm in Middle West - Kansas Memory

Approaching Dust Storm in Middle West - Kansas Memory | The Dust Bowl By Melissa K | Scoop.it
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Black Friday meets its master - Kansas Memory

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Could the Dust Bowl Happen Again? by Janet Larsen - The Globalist

Could the Dust Bowl Happen Again? by Janet Larsen - The Globalist | The Dust Bowl By Melissa K | Scoop.it
How likely is the United States to experience a repeat of the Dust Bowl?
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Current Event 1 The global impact of the U.S. drought

Current Event 1           The global impact of the U.S. drought | The Dust Bowl By Melissa K | Scoop.it
By Isobel Coleman, CFR

Isobel Coleman is a senior fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Dust clouds rolling over the prairies, Hugoton, Kansas - Kansas Memory

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