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Dust, Dust Everywhere

Author: Guest Writer/Sunday, November 25, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

Dust happens. Sometimes naturally but often now from land abuses combined with a changing climate. Gigantic dust storms can be seen from space affecting large areas on Earth including mountains, deserts, and cities. They have also been observed covering vast desert regions of Mars.

duststorm-colorado-kansas.nasa       mars-dust-storm-mro      taklimakan-duststorm-nasa

Colorado/Kansas Dust Storm on Border      Regional Dust Storm on Mars                    Dust Storm, Taklimakan Desert, China

(credit: Earth Observatory)                           (credit: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter)        (credit: Earth Observatory)

Dust enters out memory. Ken Burns has produced a new documentary film using reflections from people still alive who experienced the environmental consequences of un-wise farming practices in parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. The apocalypse became known as  The Dust Bowl.  Choking walls of dust destroyed landscape and settlement, caused death when inhaled, and forced thousands to migrate in the 1930’s. The film shouldn’t be missed.



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