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Eighty Years After the Dust Bowl: Have We Learned Enough?

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  • “The photo shows where water running off an adjacent farm was carrying dirt and debris onto and across the highway.”
    “The photo shows where water running off an adjacent farm was carrying dirt and debris onto and across the highway.”
I wrote this while on vacation in the Texas Panhandle on April 26, 2015, just 12 days after the 80th anniversary of Black Sunday, the name usually given for the worst day ever, during the Dust Bowl years. And I was just on the edge of the southern-most part of the area of the most extreme devastation. What made these facts more meaningful was I had brought with me as some of my reading material…

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