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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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Tragic images of the Dust Bowls desolate farmlands and destitute migrants were ingrained into the American consciousness by John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath and by the iconic photos of Dorothea Lange.
The dust bowls of the twenty-first century will dwarf those seen in the twentieth.
After just a few years and the continuous climbs in costs and soil degradations, the seven years of plenty vanished, and the lands became barren and dust bowls.