The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms that caused major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936. The Dust Bowl occurred during the Great Depression, when many farmers were struggling to make a living. The severe drought and dust storms made it even harder for farmers to keep their crops alive.
The Dust Bowl was caused by a combination of factors, including a severe drought, over-farming, and high winds. The combination of these factors resulted in soil erosion and the loss of topsoil—which led to less productive land.
The Dust Bowl had a devastating impact on the lives of those who lived through it. Many people were forced to leave their homes and farms, and many others died from the dust and the harsh conditions.
The Dust Bowl is often considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters in American history. It is estimated that 100 million acres (400,000 km2) were affected by dust storms during this period—an area larger than France!
The Dust Bowl led to the development of new farming practices and the planting of different crops, which helped prevent future dust storms from occurring again on such large scales in America’s prairies