Origin of Mojave Desert dust storms photographed from space on January 1, 1973
J. K. NAKATA, H. G. WILSHIRE, G. G. BARNES, 1981. "Origin of Mojave Desert dust storms photographed from space on January 1, 1973", Desert Dust: Origin, Characteristics, and Effect on Man, Troy L. Péwé
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Six dust plumes, arising from a Santa Ana wind and covering an area of 1,700 km2 of the western Mojave Desert, were photographed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration LANDSAT/ERTS-1 satellite on January 1, 1973. The cause of erosion was identified as man’s destabilization of the natural surface through road building, agriculture, urbanization, stream-channel modification, and off-road vehicle recreation. The extensive, and growing, destabilization of the California desert surface provides for ever-increasing dust yields in storms of the future.