The Dust Bowl
by Owen Wurst and Rebekah Larson
During the development of the Great Plains, farmers uprooted wild grasses that kept moisture into the ground. During the Great Depression crop prices dropped down to a new lows, leading farmers to keep fields uncultivated. On tops of that, the presence of drought, left soil to dry to dust. Creating a nation wide Dust Bowl from Texas to the Dakotas.
Wind caused the dust to be picked up and blacked out the skies. When the dust settled it would bury crops and livestock, also suffocate individuals caught outside; by entering their airways.
The Black Blizzard
Dust storms became more frequent, increasing from 22 to 72 storms a year,
in just three years.
Many farmers were forced to mortgage their land. If a farmer lost their land, they often would move to California in hopes to find a better life.