The Problems and Solutions of Living and Farming on the Plains

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  • The Problems and Solutions of Living and Farming on the Plains
    • Water Shortages
      • Water was scarce on the Great plains
        • Invention of windmill - 1874
          • It was difficult for people to keep themselves and their clothes clean
          • Used to pump water from underground
      • It was difficult for people to keep themselves and their clothes clean
    • Weather Extremes
      • It was hot in the summer and cold in winter. There was low rainfall and fierce winds
        • No solutions
    • Fuel
      • There was no wood to burn for heating and cooking
        • Homesteaders used Buffalo dung for fuel
    • Dirt and Disease
      • Sod houses were difficult to keep clean
      • They lived with pests such as bed bugs, fleas, mice and snakes
      • Difficult for people to keep clean especially with water shortages
        • Easy for dirt and disease to develop
          • They lived with pests such as bed bugs, fleas, mice and snakes
          • Sod houses were difficult to keep clean
    • Building Materials
      • Difficult to stop water leeking in when it rained
      • Blocks of earth (sods) were used to build houses
    • Natural Hazards
      • Dry grass meant it was easy for prairie fires to start
        • Destroyed crops if they got too big
          • Hundred-acre cornfields vanished in a few hours
    • Ploughing
      • Grasses had dense tangled roots
        • Cast iron ploughs needed constant repairs
          • Ploughing land when there had been heavy rain or snow
            • Grasses had dense tangled roots
              • Cast iron ploughs needed constant repairs
                • Ploughing land when there had been heavy rain or snow
                  • Using a 'sod - buster' - a strong plough
                  • Better farming machinery was developed
            • Using a 'sod - buster' - a strong plough
            • Better farming machinery was developed
        • The Plains had never been planned before
      • Protecting Crops
        • There was no wood for fencing
          • The invention of barbed wire - 1874
        • There was nothing to protect crops from buffalo or straying cattle
          • The invention of barbed wire - 1874
        • It was difficult to mark land boundaries  which can lead to disputes
        • Growing Crops
          • The crops that they grew were not suited to the weather conditions on the Great Plains
            • They grew wheat which was more suitable than corn
            • They kept animals rather than just growing crops
            • Russian immigrants introduced wheat that grew successfully on the Plains because the conditions were similar to those in Russia

      Comments

      Miss E

      A really good idea for a mind map where the visual element and colour have been used well to reinforce the information. A good starting point for homesteaders although you will need more detail as well.

      QuickscopeLord360

      Very good :)

      HannahEmps

      thanks!

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