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Dust from the Bodélé Depression Blowing Towards Lake Chad

16.7N 16.4E

January 11th, 2013 Category: Dust Storms

Chad – January 6th, 2013

Placed in a narrow path between two mountain chains that direct and accelerate the surface winds over the depression, the Bodélé Depression releases dust on 40% of winter days, averaging more than 0.7 million tons of dust per day. Scientists have found that about half of the annual dust supply to the Amazon basin in South America is emitted from the Bodélé Depression, northeast of Lake Chad, despite the depression’s small size – approximately 0.5% of the size of the Amazon or 0.2% of the Sahara (click here for more information).

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