sahara dust

Scientists find huge reduction in African dust plume led to stronger Saharan monsoons 11,000 years ago

Scientists find huge reduction in African dust plume led to stronger Saharan monsoons 11,000 years ago

Every year, trade winds over the Sahara Desert sweep up huge plumes of mineral dust, transporting hundreds of teragrams — enough to fill 10 million dump trucks — across North Africa and over the Atlantic Ocean. This dust can be blown for thousands of kilometers and settle in places as far away as Florida and the Bahamas.