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Increase in African dust flux at the onset of commercial agriculture in the Sahel region

Mulitza, Stefan; Heslop, David; Pittauerova, Daniela; Fischer, Helmut W.; Meyer, Inka; Stuut, Jan-Berend; Zabel, Matthias; Mollenhauer , Gesine; Collins, James A.; Kuhnert, Henning; Schulz, Michael

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The Sahara Desert is the largest source of mineral dust in the world1. Emissions of African dust increased sharply in the early 1970s (ref. 2), a change that has been attributed mainly to drought in the Sahara/Sahel region2 caused by changes in the global distribution of sea surface temperature3,4. The human contribution to land degradation and dust mobilization in this region remains poorly understood5-11, owing to the paucity of data that would allow the identification of long-term trends in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/27748
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature09213

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