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dust bowl

n.
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.]
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dust bowl

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

Dust Bowl

n
(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
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Dust′ Bowl`


n.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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But now the verges are becoming either mud patches or dust bowls and the culprits of this decline are the motorists in the area.
However, along with Janette Bailey's recent doctoral study, 'A Transnational Environmental Idea', this paper offers the only cultural perspective to date, that analyses the TVA idea and imagery in war-time and early post-war Australia, along with its connection to 'dust bowls'.
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* 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. A man named Borlaug tried to show the way.
Most victims recovered after a spell in a hospital camp well away from the dust bowls." Thank you Mr Walmsley.
Dust storms in Asia and Africa deposit millions of tons of topsoil on distant regions, transforming valuable rangeland and cropland into dust bowls. Deserts are advancing in Africa both north and south of the Sahara, in the central Asian republics, in India, and in western and northern China.
The use of weed killer has made, in places, mini- dust bowls of our city's heritage.
Aerial photos sometimes make camps look like desolate dust bowls. Camp means action, and showing action from 500 to 1,000 feet in the air is difficult.