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Airborne mineral dust

Johann P. Engelbrecht and Edward Derbyshire
Airborne mineral dust
Elements (August 2010) 6 (4): 241-246


Global dust events have been part of much of Earth's history. As in the geological past, mineral dust deflated off weathered crustal material in arid regions is continually being lofted kilometres into the atmosphere, where it circles the globe until physical and chemical processes favour precipitation in the ocean or on land. Mineral dust aerosols affect the environment both directly and indirectly by impacting the chemical and physical properties of the atmosphere and by interfering with biogeochemical cycles, all on a global scale. The most important source regions of dust are all in the Northern Hemisphere and include North Africa, the Middle East, the northwestern Indian subcontinent, central Asia, and northwestern China.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 6
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Airborne mineral dust
Affiliation: Desert Research Institute, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Reno, NV, United States
Pages: 241-246
Published: 201008
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 39
Accession Number: 2010-081069
Categories: Sedimentary petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, sketch map
S44°00'00" - S10°00'00", E113°00'00" - E154°00'00"
N25°00'00" - N42°00'00", E25°30'00" - E63°19'60"
N19°00'00" - N37°30'00", W15°30'00" - E36°00'00"
S35°00'00" - S15°30'00", E12°00'00" - E33°40'00"
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201043
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