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Increased Dust Levels in Great Plains

Researchers from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences have found through a new study that levels of atmospheric dust in the Great Plains region have been increasing in recent years. This increase of dust levels is concerning and is a sign of the potential for a situation similar to The Dust Bowl of the 1930's (as shown in the photo at right) to develop.

The study's lead author is Andy Lambert, a recent ATMOS graduate, who collaborated with Dr. Gannet Hallar and other researchers from the University of Utah, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Colorado State University. 

To learn more about the findings of the study, the Dust Bowl of the 1930's, and the hazards of increased atmospheric dust, check out the @theU article here: https://attheu.utah.edu/uncategorized/dust-bowl-2020/.

This study was also shared on various other sites including the ones listed below:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201013124158.htm

https://phys.org/news/2020-10-atmospheric-great-plains.html

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/10/13/Rising-atmospheric-dust-across-the-Great-Plains-recalls-lead-up-to-the-Dust-Bowl/4561602613387/

Last Updated: 10/21/20