Effects Of Drought On The Great Depression

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In the 1930s, drought maintained its negative influence in all of the Plains for nearly 10 years. The drought’s primary characteristics of damage are regarded as agricultural for the most part. High temperatures, lack of rain, insect infestations, and heavy winds all in unison with the dust storms that accompanied these detrimental instances damaged countless crops. In addition to the Great Depression’s bank closures, various economic damages, increased unemployment, and other hardships, the agricultural depression just worsened the situation in America. It is also important to note that the lack of precipitation may have most likely affected the overall conditions of plant life and wildlife in a negative manner, as well as caused potential shortages of water for various conventional purposes. Although this almost always goes unnoticed by most readers, it is extremely important to acknowledge such regressions as they appropriately contribute to the overall negative and destructive connotation of the Dust Bowl in its respective era.
A total of four consecutive separate waves of droughts accompanied each other during the 30s: 1930–31, 1934, 1936, and 1939-1940 . Due to the incompetency of affected regions to adequately recover from any of the recurring droughts, the entire series of droughts was thought of to be a single drought by the inhabitants of affected areas. It was in the year 1932 when fourteen distinct dust storms were reported, which rose to an astonishing 48 total…
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