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J Environ Manage. 2009 Jan;90(1):89-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2008.07.007. Epub 2008 Sep 9.

Dust storms: recent developments.

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St Cross College, Oxford University, Oxford OX1 3LZ, UK.


Dust storms have a number of impacts upon the environment including radiative forcing, and biogeochemical cycling. They transport material over many thousands of kilometres. They also have a range of impacts on humans, not least on human health. In recent years the identification of source areas for dust storms has been an important area or research, with the Sahara (especially Bodélé) and western China being recognised as the strongest sources globally. Another major development has been the recognition of the degree to which dust storm activity has varied at a range of time scales, millennial, century, decadal, annual and seasonal.

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