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dust bowl

A region reduced to aridity by drought and dust storms.

[After the Dust Bowl, region in the south-central US that was stricken with drought in the 1930s.]

dust bowl

(Physical Geography) a semiarid area in which the surface soil is exposed to wind erosion and dust storms occur

Dust Bowl

(Placename) the Dust Bowl the area of the south central US that became denuded of topsoil by wind erosion during the droughts of the mid-1930s

Dust′ Bowl`

1. the region in the S central U.S. that suffered from dust storms in the 1930s.
2. (l.c.) any region subject to dust storms.
[1935–40, Amer.]
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Noun1.Dust Bowl - a region subject to dust stormsdust bowl - a region subject to dust storms; especially the central region of United States subject to dust storms in the 1930s
Great Plains, Great Plains of North America - a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas; formerly inhabited by Native Americans
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The book is notable in its gritty but stoic descriptions of farming life, life in the Dirty Thirties, and in the detail given to the stories by Rider, a man who admitted he had never written a thing in his life except a single love letter to his wife.
His text enables readers to understand the Dirty Thirties as a clear and distinct occurrence with its own peculiar history, trajectory, nature, origin, and course, beginning with the initial settlement of the south plains in 1908 through the long period of droughts, misery, and starvation that led to the eventual desertion of the region.
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Born in Aarhus, Denmark, he came to Canada in time to ride the rails, and "serve time" in the hobo jungles and relief camps of the Dirty Thirties.
The American chart topper turned 25 last Wednesday - the same day I crossed over into the dirty thirties.