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Thread: I used to think dust was dirty and ugly. It can be beautiful!

  1. #1 I used to think dust was dirty and ugly. It can be beautiful! 
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    This stunning animation of dusts in our atmosphere is beyond beautiful.

    The blue swirls are salts picked up from the ocean surface. The white is from volcanoes as well as similar emissions from power stations and industry. The red swirls are actual dirt type dust. (I love watching how the Sahara fertilises the Amazon forest and the Himalayas fertilise China.) The static red dots/rods are fires.

    Watch particles swirl in the world's atmosphere on Vimeo

    I got it from here. Dust in the Wind Never Looked So Stunning | Climate Central


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    Awesome! Thanks!

    What stands out, to me, are the rare places that are stagnant. Like Sulawesi.


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    Wow !!

    Thank you. That is a truly remarkable thing.

    How did they compile that, I wonder? is it a composite or do they have a satellite they can move around?

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    Dust storm over Africa (Niger) taken from onboard a research aircraft...

    http://i1333.photobucket.com/albums/...ps61717cf7.jpg
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    it's very beautiful......and I am VERY allergic.

    Dust makes my life Miserable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by One beer View Post
    Wow !!

    Thank you. That is a truly remarkable thing.

    How did they compile that, I wonder? is it a composite or do they have a satellite they can move around?

    OB
    As far as I can gather it's sort of both. The result looks a lot like the big panoramic model of the atmosphere at NASA but I'm fairly sure that they've used - some way or another - various outputs from satellites. It's hard to see how else they'd get those fire positions in the way they're shown. But it can't be satellite images only, otherwise there'd be clouds all over the place, rather than just the particles that seed them and no clouds at all.

    I know I've seen some satellite stuff before on the transfer of dusts from the Sahara to fertilise the forests of the Amazon.
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    Interesting clip. I wonder how well it models fallout patterns?
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    IIRC a lot of the atmospheric dispersion models were originally developed to predict fallout patterns, it was only later they were used and developed by atmospheric scientists for other things...
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    Thank you adelady and Demon.

    It is a wonderful image, however it was compiled, and it sort of makes me wonder if Mr Lovelock might have been right about 'Gaia'
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