This is a 31 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Disasters & Events that Shaped America - The Great Dust Bowl. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
The Dust Bowl was the name given to the Great Plains region devastated by drought in 1930s depression-ridden America. The 150,000-square-mile area, encompassing the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and neighboring sections of Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico, has little rainfall, light soil, and high winds, a potentially destructive combination.
When drought struck from 1934 to 1937, the soil lacked the stronger root system of grass as an anchor, so the winds easily picked up the loose topsoil and swirled it into dense dust clouds, called “black blizzards.” Recurrent dust storms wreaked havoc, choking cattle and pasture lands and driving 60% of the population from the region. Farmers over worked the land.
But in the summer of 1931, those farmers would face the most difficult 8 years of their lives.... The rain simply stopped. The water level of lakes dropped by five feet or more. The wind picked up the dry soil that had nothing to hold it down. Great black clouds of dust began to blot out the sun. In some places, the dust drifted like snow, darkening the sky for days, covering even well-sealed homes with a thick layer of dust on everything. Dust storms engulfed entire towns.
In the fall of 1939, after nearly a decade of dirt and dust, the skies finally opened. With the rain`s return, dry fields soon yielded their golden wheat once more, and just as quickly as it had begun, the Dust Bowl was, thankfully, over.
The presentation covers the following:
Dust Bowl Map
The Scene is Set
Prosperity on the Plains
World War I Demand
The Drought Begins
How Bad Was It?
Soil Conservation Act
Government Cattle Purchase
Government Land Purchase
Civilian Conservation Corps
Dust Bowl Is Over
End of Presentation
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