April 10, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Pueblo Chieftain " Dust Bowl was nation’s worst environmental disaster "

Dan Gordon:
" Black Sunday, April 14, 1935, was the worst day of all.
A dust storm carried twice as much dirt off the southern plains as was dug from the earth to create the Panama Canal. In Southeastern Colorado, down by Lamar and Springfield and Walsh, day became night.
The environmental impact of the Dust Bowl is a distant memory now, especially as Japan is still reeling after a catastrophic tsunami last year and the U.S. Gulf Coast recovers from the BP oil spill.

But Black Sunday and the impact of the Dust Bowl have been largely forgotten even in our own country, where the environmental catastrophes we remember most today are the most recent: Hurricane Katrina and the Deep Horizon oil spill. Each has been called our nation’s worst environmental disaster in one forum or another.

It’s hard to see, however, how either Katrina or the BP oil spill can top the Dust Bowl in the pantheon of American environmental disasters.

Although no cable news or websites existed to chronicle it, the Dust Bowl has been rated the No. 1 weather event of the 20th century by American meteorologists...."  (Read more?  Click title)

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