Atacama Desert microbes may hold clues to life on Mars

Microbial life on Mars may potentially be transported across the planet on dust particles carried by wind, according to a study conducted in the Atacama Desert in North Chile, a well-known Mars analogue. The findings are ...

Is a great iron fertilization experiment already underway?

It's no secret that massive dust storms in the Saharan Desert occasionally shroud the North Atlantic Ocean with iron, but it turns out these natural blankets aren't the only things to sneeze at. Iron released by human activities ...

What is the cause of dust concentrations over East Asia?

Dust, one of the major aerosol constituents of the global aerosol burden, is an active component in Earth's physical, chemical and biogeochemical cycles. In addition, dust aerosols induce adverse effects on social and economic ...

Pinpointing the sources of trans-Pacific dust

Airborne dust from Asia travels across the Pacific passport-free, carrying pollution, building soil, and coloring sunsets thousands of miles from its source. Identifying that source is important for understanding atmospheric ...

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