By Prof. Dr. Andrew S. Goudie, Dr. Nicholas J. Middleton (auth.)
Dust storms, produced by way of the removing of floor fabrics from the world’s drylands, are an essential portion of the surroundings. the reason is, in their function in biogeochemical biking, their capability impact on weather, their position in sediment accumulation and their effect on human affairs. This e-book, that is exhaustively referenced, explores and summarises fresh learn on the place airborne dirt and dust storms originate, why dirt storms are generated, the place airborne dirt and dust is transported and deposited, the character of dirt deposits and the altering frequency of airborne dirt and dust storms over various time-scales.
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2003). Dust from the United States has been recovered from ice cores in Greenland and Patagonian dust from Antarctica (Smith et al. 2003). Material from Australian deserts crosses the Tasman Sea to New Zealand (Kidson and N China Dust Korea Fig. 7. S. J. Middleton Gregory 1930; Glaisby 1971; McGowan et al. 2000, 2005); and much dust from the Sonoran and Baja California deserts enters the eastern Pacific (Bonatti and Arrhenius 1965). Dust from the Caucasus settles in Romania, Bulgaria and Czechslovakia (Lisitzin 1972).
Middleton and Chaudhary (1988) describe the dust storm of May 1986 in Karachi, which was generated by a thunderstorm associated with the passage of a monsoon depression. Moving from Eurasia to China, low-pressure fronts transport dust aerosols over vast areas (Iino et al. 2004) and material may be carried in the upper westerlies to the Alaskan Arctic (Rahn et al. 1981) and into the Pacific Basin (Ing 1972). Local storms produced by katabatic winds may occur in the Tarim and Quaidam Basins, while upper-level westerly airflow probably generates point-source dust storms over the +4000 m Tibetan Plateau.
According to ground observation and investigation made by the expert group of the Ministry of Forestry, a total of 85 people died, 31 people were lost and 264 were injured (most of these victims were children). Agriculture and animal husbandry were most severely hurt. In total, 373,000 ha of crops were destroyed. 16,300 ha of fruit trees were damaged. Thousands of greenhouses and plastic mulching sheds were broken. 120,000 heads of animals died or were irrecoverably lost. The fundamental agricultural installations and grassland service facilities were ruined.