Recent project work in the Soil Research Laboratory of the Iowa Engineering Experiment Station has been focused on studies of loess in Iowa. Since most geologists believe that loess was carried and deposited by the wind, members of the Engineering Experiment Station have long been interested in seeing silt-laden winds in action. This means visiting dust storms, and opportunities for study have been infrequent during the past 15 years. Recent developments in the southwest have changed this somewhat, and dust storms are once again plentiful. The combination of drought and strong winds has sent dust from Kansas and Colorado into many Mid-Western states, and recently an average depth of one-sixteenth inch was deposited in Iowa from one storm. In addition to studying dust which settled in Ames, two of the authors visited the most severe dust areas of southwestern Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.· The purpose of the trip was to obtain some sand samples for a separate stabilization study, and incidentally to try to locate some dust storms. Both efforts were eminently successful.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1954 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Handy, R. L.; Lyon, C. A.; and Davidson, D. T.
"Analyses of Wind-Blown Silt-March, 1954,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 61(1), 278-290.
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