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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 begins with discussion of the 1930s American Dust Bowl as a natural disaster event and Ken BurnsAEs PBS production called The Dust Bowl.
Capitol, the old Paragon Printing building, owned by Central Arkansas Water, and the Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge at 315 E.
Some of the most devastating dust storms in US history occurred during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s For now, though, the team feels it is unlikely the storms could reach that scale The Dust Bowl was as much a human-caused disaster as a natural one,' says Tom Gill, an environmental scientist at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Does this relate at all to the cause of the Dust Bowl, when vast stands of native grass were turned to plant wheat?
Siu develop new evidence on how many people left the Dust Bowl region, who they were, and where they went.
A disaster of great proportions was unavoidable--when a series of droughts plagued the crop and grazing lands of the High Plains regions, the result was what we know as the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
The same year, 1939, the author elaborated in a letter that his goal in writing the book was "to rip a reader's nerves to rags" by laying bare the life of the Dust Bowl migrants with whom he had spent time.
Elements of the book evoke Harper Lee (the mysterious Old Loony in Owl is reminiscent of Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird), John Steinbeck (Babb's own novel Whose Names Are Unknown, detailing the Dust Bowl years, has been favorably compared to The Grapes of Wrath), and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Four Blue Stars in the Window: One Family's Story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Duty of a Generation is a Midwest family memoir by Barbara Eymann Mohrman, whose discovery of a WW II keepsake box in her basement prompted her to learn more about her father's military service, her family history, and ultimately, some hidden family secrets.
Drought conditions during this timeframe made many people draw comparisons to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s (Botelho, 2012).
Guthrie was a great observer and his time in the Thirties roaming through the Dust Bowl states of Oklahoma and Texas (as John Steinbeck did) enabled him to write with a homespun authenticity, and a fine ear for dialect.
The Dust Bowl, the name that the region eventually acquired, was blamed on poor farming practices and a severe drought that often let winds carry dust thousands of miles away.