||During the 1930s, a prolonged dry
spell culminated in dust storms and soil destruction of disastrous
proportions. The "black blizzards" of the resulting Dust
Bowl inflicted great hardships on the people and the land.
Dust Bowl has been called our nations worst ecological disaster. It
was an area in the southern Great Plains during the 1930's, where
prolonged drought and severe dust storms inflicted great hardships
on the people and damage to the soil. As
if the drought and storms were not bad enough, the 1930's was also
the time of the Great Depression. Because of the dust storms, which
spread dust across the country, the 1930's are often known as the
the Dirty Thirties, the U.S. Department of Agriculture started an
intensive research program on wind erosion in cooperation with
Kansas State University. Today, this laboratory, officially known as
the Wind Erosion Research Unit (WERU), continues to serve as the
focal point for wind erosion
nationally and internationally.
The researchers use theoretical, laboratory, and field
studies to focus on four broad areas: mechanics, control,
prediction, and environmental impact of wind erosion.
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