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WJLA, July 12, 2011

The Dust Bowl of 2011? Comparing two historic U.S. droughts

A dusty, desiccating drought in more than a dozen Southern and Midwest states is causing such harsh trauma to the land and economy that some experts are comparing it to the great Dust Bowl of the 1930s. If you weren't around for the "Dirty Thirties," here's what they looked like.

2011: Nothing growing in Texas except dust devils

The state of the drought in modern times is evident in this photo of a tiller trying to break cementlike earth this May in a cottonfield near Lubbock, Texas. The drought is likely to cause economic damages in Texas above $3 billion.

(Photo: AP Photo/Betsy Blaney | Date: May. 19, 2011) of fullscreen mode

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