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The Dust Bowl: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry (SE): Science

Drought: Then and Now

The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was one of the most catastrophic manmade environmental disasters in history. Some areas of the country are now going through a drought so severe that another Dust Bowl is feared. Below you will find some historical environmental information from the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and modern resources about drought today. 

Environmental Conditions During the Dust Bowl (1930s)

Original Dust Bowl Region (1930s)

Dust Bowl Region
Data courtesy Soil Conservation Service, 1940
Map by Jess Porter, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Current Spread of Drought Across the United States

Texas Drought Resources

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Please visit their website for more information about understanding and protect this valuable resource. 


Healthy Soils