English version

dust bowl

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Geography, Geology
dust bowlˈdust bowl noun [countable]  SGan area of land that has dust storms and very long periods without rain
Examples from the Corpus
dust bowlOn the other side was another dust bowl identical to the last.If desertification continues to spread, the dust bowl will not only undermine the economy but also trigger a huge migration eastward.
Dust Bowl, thethe Dust BowlˈDust Bowl, the  a large area of the south-central US, including parts of Kansas and Oklahoma where, in the 1930s, strong winds and lack of rain caused erosion of the soil (=when the top layer of earth is blown away), so that the land became unsuitable for farming. As a result, many farmers became very poor and had to leave their farms. Some of them travelled to the west coast of the US to find work, and these events are described in John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath.From Longman Business Dictionarydust bowlˈdust bowl noun [countable] an area of land where farming is not possible because it is too dry, used especially to talk about parts of the mid-western United States during the 1930sMany Americans abandoned the dust bowl in search of jobs.
Pictures of the day
What are these?
Click on the pictures to check.