Dust Bowl

Seager, Richard; Cook, Benjamin I.

The Dust Bowl refers to the years of drought and dust storms that affected the Great Plains of the United States during the 1930s. The term "Dust Bowl" was proposed by a reporter writing an article 1 day after "Black Sunday" - April 14, 1935 which was one of the worst days of dust storms. The term originally referred to some of the worst affected regions in Texas. Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas. "Dust Bowl" is now used to refer more generally to the entire catastrophe in the 1930s comprising drought, crop failure, soil erosion, dust storms, economic collapse, and human migration.

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Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards
Springer, Dordrecht

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