Atmospheric dust levels are rising in the Great Plains

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A study finds that atmospheric dust levels are rising across the Great Plains at a rate of up to 5% per year. The trend of rising dust parallels expansion of cropland and even seasonal crop cycles. And if the Great Plains becomes drier, a possibility under climate change scenarios, then all the pieces are in place for a repeat of the Dust Bowl that devastated the Midwest in the 1930s.

Associated journal article: Andrew Lambert, A. Gannet Hallar, Maria Garcia, Courtenay Strong, Elisabeth Andrews, Jenny L. Hand. Dust Impacts of Rapid Agricultural Expansion on the Great PlainsGeophysical Research Letters, 2020; DOI: 10.1029/2020GL090347

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