Dust Bowl PowerPoint

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A presentation regarding the Dust Bowl.

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The Dust Bowl This is a picture of a farmers field duringthe Dust BowlWhat Was the Dust Bowl?A period in time when. Extended severe drought and unusually hightemperatures Episodic regional dust storms and routine localized winderosion Agricultural failure, including both cropland and livestockoperations The collapse of the rural economy, affecting farmers,rural business, and local governments An aggressive reform movement by the government Migration from rural to urban areas and out of the regionWhat Caused the Dust Bowl ToHappen? Severe Drought Farming methods NOT including croprotation, fallow fields, cover crops, soilterracing and wind breaking trees Extensive deep plowing of the Virginia topsoil of the Great PlainsWhy Was the Soil Suseptable toWind Erosion? The widespread conversion of the land bydeep plowing and other soil preparationmethods to enable agriculture virtuallyeliminated the native grasses which heldthe soil in place and helped retainmoisture even during dry periods Cotton farmers left fields bane over wintermonths, when winds in the High Plains arehighest, and burned the stubble as a mean tocontrol weeds prior to planting, thus deprivingthe soil of organic nutrients and surfacevegetation When severe drought struck the Great Plains, itdried the topsoil and over time it became friable,reduced to a powdery consistency in someplaces, when high winds struck, it createdm

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