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Origin of Mojave Desert dust storms photographed from space on January 1, 1973

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J. K. NAKATA
J. K. NAKATA
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H. G. WILSHIRE
H. G. WILSHIRE
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G. G. BARNES
G. G. BARNES
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Published:
January 01, 1981

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.

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GSA Special Papers

Desert Dust: Origin, Characteristics, and Effect on Man

Troy L. Péwé
Troy L. Péwé
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Geological Society of America
Volume
186
ISBN print:
9780813721866
Publication date:
January 01, 1981

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