NASA satellite shows how much sand from the Sahara is in the atmosphere

February 25, 2015 11:36 AM

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NASA satellite shows how much sand from the Sahara is in the atmosphere

NASA is using one of its satellites to determine how much sand from the Sahara Desert in Africa ends up helping the Amazon rainforest in South America to grow. While the two locations are on different continents, the amount of dust from the desert that makes its way to the rain forest will surprise you. NASA used one of its satellites to quantify how much dust from the desert makes it to South America for the first time.

The satellite quantified the amount of dust in three dimensions and the scientists studying the results were able to measure the amount of dust and how much phosphorus is carried. This marks the first time that satellite based estimates of the amount of phosphorus transported to the Amazon rainfores...

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