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Why did western Oklahoma turn into the dust bowl?

Asked by peggylou (1138points) November 20th, 2006
Was it just the drought?
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maggiesmom1's avatar
And over-farming with farming techniques developed for more durable, Eastern farmland. The shallower topsoil eroded leaving bare dirt easily blown by the plains winds.
peggylou's avatar
How do you KNOW that?
maggiesmom1's avatar
because I married the smartest man alive.
Ma-goo's avatar
Read "The Worst Hard Times" for very interesting & heart-breaking info on this subject
burnsjl's avatar

Yes, “The Worst Hard Times” is a good book on the subject. Apparently, the land was never ideal for farming, but people were promised that it was and enticed to come settle there.

iron7's avatar

could have been avoided by rotating crops

okc405's avatar

West Oklahoma is a… well… shithole.

SundayKittens's avatar

Agreed with @okc405. Come east to find the REAL Oklahoma!!!!

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