NASA Satellite Reveals How Massive Amount of Sahara Dust Fertilize Amazon Rainforest

February 25, 2015 5:25 AM

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Recently, scientists found that Saharan sands carry massive amount of Phosphorus to the Amazon rainforest. Every year, around two thousand tons phosphors reach rainforest through sand. The compound plays an integral part in growth of plants. Hence, it is responsible for a large quantity of dense vegetation in rainforest. This is the first time when any NASA satellite measured the quantity of dust moved to fertile land. The paper is printed on 24th Feb in the Journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Now scientists have succeeded to calculate how much phosphorus out of Saharan sands gets carried across the ocean to the rainforests.

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