Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dalhart, Texas


This picture was taken in 1938, and shows an old homestead in 1938 at the height of the dustbowl. A windmill does not help much during a drought, as it produces enough water for livestock or a home, but not enough to irrigate a crop. This is such a bleak picture, one can only imagine the struggle people had during this time.

7 comments:

  1. Look at Dalhart, Tx on Google Maps to see how they've overcome......

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  2. This picture certainly show why people couldn't survive in the dust bowl, and how terrible life was around that time!

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  3. Too bad they didn't have hydroponic greenhouses, they'd be using about 1/20th the water.

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  4. Good Grief. There isn't enough there to feed a jack rabbit!

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  5. 'Tis true Al, pretty much the case for all the western water tables of the US. I didn't mean to imply the solution chosen by the folks of Dalhart was a perfect one or even a sustainable one, just noting the reversal of fortune in the area today compared to that of the dust bowl era. Center pivot irrigation being the greatest agricultural innovation since the tractor continues to be the best choice in many arid environs with improvements to efficiency a constant goal. Without replenishing rainfalls no amount of efficiency will matter though of course. You can't take more than is given when it comes to water. When it takes 1400 gallons of water to make a hamburger, fries and a soda it quickly becomes obvious that every drop must count! As a species we need to rethink our impact on many fronts of human survival. Water is a biggie! Here in Arizona the ground is caving in with the draining of the water table in some areas. Unfortunately population and demand outpaces technology by leaps and bounds. Perhaps a future satellite photo will show a sprouting of hydroponic greenhouses that Nate speaks of.......

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  6. Me gusta mucho la foto! Acá en Argentina, el algunas zonas avanza la desertificación por la tala indiscriminada de los montes.

    Saludos! Joe

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