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Dust Bowl


Something about this woman, her small eyes and straight mouth, brought to mind the photography of Dorothea Lange—those sun-scarred faces of the Dust Bowl.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  may reference any region subject to dust storms, but most commonly references the south-central United States in the 1930s when drought and poor soil conservation destroyed farmland and resulted in an exodus of over 500,000 Americans
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Severe drought combined with decades of extensive farming without crop rotation and other soil preservation techniques caused dust storms to blow top soil from the Great Plains into the Atlantic Ocean.

Farmers in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Kansas, and Colorado abandoned their homes.
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  • Something about this woman, her small eyes and straight mouth, brought to mind the photography of Dorothea Lange—those sun-scarred faces of the Dust Bowl.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • My father, Don Bell, came to California during the Dust Bowl from the Midwest and, ironically, worked for the same company farm where my mother was horn.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • The Grapes of Wrath, the classic novel about the Dust Bowl and the migration of Oklahoma farmers to California, ends with death and a glimmer of renewed life.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • It’s either this fascinating show on the beginning of World War One, or something on A&E about the Dust Bowl.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen

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  • He dropped a trickle of sand onto the floor and chewed me out for living in a dust bowl!
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Compared to the dust bowl at Indian Creek Elementary, Armistead Field was Eden: A thick blanket of soft green grass covered the playing surface and itched their backs when they splayed out for sit-ups and stretches.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Capable of solving all irrigation problems of dust bowl farmers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Any farmer doing it would turn their land into a dust bowl within twelve years.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Right here in this remote dust bowl was the root of it all, the homeland of bin Laden’s fighters, the place where they still plot and scheme to smash the United States.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Dust Bowl [7] , Tennessee Valley Authority [9]
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