African and Asian dust: from desert soils to coral reefs

BioScience
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Abstract

Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain the decline of coral reefs throughout the world, but none adequately accounts for the lack of recovery of reefs or the wide geographical distribution of coral diseases. The processes driving the decline remain elusive. Hundreds of millions of tons of dust transported annually from Africa and Asia to the Americas may be adversely affecting coral reefs and other downwind ecosystems. Viable microorganisms, macro- and micronutrients, trace metals, and an array of organic contaminants carried in the dust air masses and deposited in the oceans and on land may play important roles in the complex changes occurring on coral reefs worldwide.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title African and Asian dust: from desert soils to coral reefs
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.1641/0006-3568(2003)053[0469:AAADFD]2.0.CO;2
Volume 53
Issue 5
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Oxford Journals
Contributing office(s) Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title BioScience
First page 469
Last page 480