Ecology and the Environment

Could another Dust Bowl happen now?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. It's hard to know whether another ecological disaster on the proportion of the Dust Bowl will happen. We do know that the conditions of U.S. farmland do not paint a particularly optimistic picture; nearly 90 percent of the arid land in the continental U.S. is in varying levels of desertification due largely to overfarming and draining of groundwater [source: Center for International Earth Science Information Network].

    If another period of high winds and low rainfall were to strike the U.S. Plains, it is possible that another Dust Bowl could occur. Some scientists believe that adopting more dedicated soil conservation and sustainable agriculture practices could help prevent another Dust Bowl.

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