Phosphorous-Rich Dust From Sahara Desert Keeps Amazon Green

February 26, 2015 7:36 AM

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The Sahara Desert is huge, hot, and brimming with sand and dust. The Amazon bowl is gigantic, warm, but brimming with greenery and wildlife. Also one can’t live without the other. The Amazon seems to be dependent on Sahara for its very survival.

The connection: Dust. In particular, phosphorous and other nutrients kicked up by the wind and spread half a world away. “Even tens of millions of years after South America separated from Africa, the two continents are still inextricably connected, in the same way as older brother and a younger brot...

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