The Dust Bowl in the 1930's

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  1. LaserT

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    The Dust Bowl, also known as the Dirty Thirties, was a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the US and Canadian prairies during the 1930s; severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming methods to prevent wind erosion caused the phenomenon. The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939–40, but some regions of the high plains experienced drought conditions for as many as eight years.[1] With insufficient understanding of the ecology of the plains, farmers had conducted extensive deep plowing of the virgin topsoil of the Great Plains during the previous decade; this had displaced the native, deep-rooted grasses that normally trapped soil and moisture even during periods of drought and high winds. The rapid mechanization of farm equipment, especially small gasoline tractors, and widespread use of the combine harvester contributed to farmers' decisions to convert arid grassland (much of which received no more than 10 inches of precipitation to cultivated cropland.[2]

    During the drought of the 1930s, the unanchored soil turned to dust, which the prevailing winds blew away in huge clouds that sometimes blackened the sky. These choking billows of dust – named "black blizzards" or "black rollers".''



    The swirling dust proved deadly.
    Those who inhaled the airborne prairie dust suffered coughing spasms, shortness of breath, asthma, bronchitis and influenza. Much like miners, Dust Bowl residents exhibited signs of silicosis from breathing in the extremely fine silt particulates, which had high silica content. Dust pneumonia, called the “brown plague,” killed hundreds and was particularly lethal for infants, children and the elderly.

    One monster dust storm reached the Atlantic Ocean.
    While “black blizzards” constantly menaced Plains states in the 1930s, a massive dust storm 2 miles high traveled 2,000 miles before hitting the East Coast on May 11, 1934. For five hours, a fog of prairie dirt enshrouded landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol, inside which lawmakers were debating a soil conservation bill. For East Coasters, the storm was a mere inconvenience—“Housewives kept busy,” read a New York Times subhead—compared to the tribulations endured by Dust Bowl residents.

    The Dust Bowl was both a manmade and natural disaster.
    Beginning with World War I, American wheat harvests flowed like gold as demand boomed. Lured by record wheat prices and promises by land developers that “rain follows the plow,” farmers powered by new gasoline tractors over-plowed and over-grazed the southern Plains. When the drought and Great Depression hit in the early 1930s, the wheat market collapsed. Once the oceans of wheat, which replaced the sea of prairie grass that anchored the topsoil into place, dried up, the land was defenseless against the winds that buffeted the Plains.





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    rotate yer crops!!!! :eek:
     
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    "I'd hate to have all that dust in my hair, Robin."
     
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    That shit reached NYC. That's when the country started to take notice that we had a problem.
     
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    Parents lived thru that in Kansas. PBS did an excellent documentary on it a few years ago. Worth a look just to see the devastation and what it did to entire communities.



    F HockT, bring back LaserTilt :mad:
     
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    Yes, I keep hearing that. :snicker:
     
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    Well, you could at least explain what they mean and why you switched.:dontknow:
     
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    Long story. Probably shouldn't have switched ha. A "LaserTilt" was an invention Howard wanted to come up with years ago.
     
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    I hope that the next one starts in the Hamptons .
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    The Grapes of Wrath 1940 Henry Fonda.
     
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    Lol
     
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    Global warming?
     
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    Agreed, the documentary (by Ken Burns) was great. They interviewed several people who lived through the devastation and they were still traumatized by it. One old guy started crying when talked about how his little sister died of dust pneumonia, others remembered their houses being buried up to the roof by dust storms. Well worth watching if you get the chance.
     
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    Imagine this was today. Forget about it. A media fenzy about the Earth ending and people donating big money to Al Gore. :snicker:
     
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    SUVs were the cause. :grad:
     
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    Hmm. I don't recall that one.
     
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    :secret: tits just makes things up...pucks to the cranium. Just smile and nod like we all do.
     
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