Dust Bowl


What was the dust bowl?.
The dust bowl or the "dirty thirties" was a period of severe dust storms
causing major damage to American and Canadian prairie lands. This was
caused by a severe drought. During the drought there was no way of keeping
the souls in place.When it dried up, it blew into the air and
went towards the east and the south and formed huge dust clouds.

- The dust bowl effected over 100,000,000 acres. Millions of acres of
farmland became useless, and hundreds of thousands of people were forced
out of there homes. Many of these families migrated to California and other
- The Dust Bowl got its name after Black Sunday, April 14, 1935. More and more dust storms had been blowing up in the years leading up to that day. In 1932, 14 dust storms were recorded on the Plains. In 1933, there were 38 storms.

-The dust bowl effected the U.S a lot. Over 70% of usable soil was blown away. Farming decreased majorly. The crops that the U.S largly depended on was no longer available. The value of farmland decreased by 28%. The dust bowl also impacted the cost of land/acres.