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Dust Bowl

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 from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940). The phenomenon was caused by severe drought coupled with 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 from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940). The phenomenon was caused by severe drought coupled with decades of extensive farming without crop rotation, fallow fields, cover crops or other techniques to prevent erosion.[1] Deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains had killed the natural grasses that normally kept the soil in place and trapped moisture even during periods of drought and high winds.

Day Turned to NightI was only five, but I remember it well. I was walking home from school when the dust storm hit. Suddenly the sun disappeared and dirt filled the air. My brother reached out for me, holding my hand. I have never been so scared in my life. We clung to each other and somehow found the fence to cling to. I don't know how we survived. When it was over, we found ourselves submerged in dirt. For me it was up to my waist. For my brother, it was up to his knees.


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