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Dust Blowing Off Coast of New South Wales, Australia

36.2S 148.3E

October 3rd, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust blowing off coast of Australia - September 29th, 2009

Dust blowing off coast of Australia - September 29th, 2009

Close-up of dust

Close-up of dust

Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, experienced a severe dust storm a week ago on September 23rd (click here for previous article). In these images, taken September 29th, dust can once again be seen blowing off the coast of New South Wales.

A number of prominent scientists around the world said that Australia’s recent travails — prolonged drought, devastating fires and now dust storms — are linked to climate change, which is making an arid continent’s environment far more disaster prone, reports the New York Times.

Although dust storms have hit eastern Australia for thousands of years, the current problem is that eastern Australia is in drought and a large amount of inland eastern Australia has been subject to some farming practices that have tended to degrade the native vegetation.

Eastern Australia has undergone major deforestation for pasture and crops which combined with the ongoing drought has left vegetation cover badly reduced. The exposed soil is vulnerable to the 100 km per hour winds that affected the region last week.

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