J. K. Nakata, H. G. Wilshire, G. G. Barnes; Origin of Mojave Desert dust plumes photographed from space. Geology ; 4 (11): 644–648. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1976)4<644:OOMDDP>2.0.CO;2
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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 the 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 yield in storms of the future.