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Saharan dust

Post by Lucas » Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:49 pm

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Massive amounts of Saharan dust fertilize the Amazon rainforest ... 102847.htm

I already knew about this but I still find it Wow moment.
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Re: Saharan dust

Post by Don » Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:27 pm

Like you, I had seen/experienced this before, in my case when traveling east to Colorado several years ago. The sky had a curious tinge to it, not unlike smoke/haze but with a sepia-like color...upon arrival in Denver, I read in the newspaper there that it was loess (wind blown dust) from China, resulting from the increased farming there in more remote outposts with little previous agriculture going on. Just another sign of China's abrupt expansion, beyond the capabilities of its society to manage it. Too bad they couldn't have learned from us (oops, maybe they did?) !
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Re: Saharan dust

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:20 pm

I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Saharan dust is also deposited in the Caribbean where it has a detrimental effect on the coral reefs.
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