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Is the Dust Bowl making a comeback? With farmers in the Great Plains tilling marginal soils to plant more corn for ethanol production and droughts contributing to the lowest summer soil moisture levels in 1200 years, dust levels are rising. Researchers at the University of Utah, for instance, have found that since 2000, dust cover in the Great Plains has been increasing by 5% per year. (This article doesn't even account for the draining of the Ogallala Aquifer that undergirds agricultural production in the western half of the region.) geographical.co.uk/nature/climate/item/3942-return-of-the-dustbowl-why-the-great-plains-are-in-trouble
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