NEWS AND NOTES fmmttm ASTEROI D DUST MAY BE ters," says Andrew Klelociuk of the WEA K SPELLS OF MONSOON ALTERIN G EARTH'S WEATHER LASTIN G LONGER Australian Antarctic Division. It is estimated that approximately Th e particle "cloud" was too Although the total annual mon- soon rainfall over India has not 50 to 60 asteroids of a meter in size high for ordinary water-bearing hit Earth each year. Until recently, clouds and too warm to consist changed in the past 100 years, sci- scientists had not paid much atten- entists at the Cochin University for o f known manmade pollutants. tion to asteroid dust and its effect Computer simulations agreed with Science and Technology (CUSAT) on the environment. According to sensor data and identified the par- say that the multidecadal periods a new study published in the Sep- ticles' mass, shape, and behavior of weak rainfall have lengthened tember issue of Nature, scientists as meteorite constituents about sinc e 1950. The result, the re- found that the dust from an aster- 10-2 0 [im in size. searchers say, could be harmful for oid breaking up over Antarctica agricultural output. "Asteroid dust could be mod- may have been significant
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 2005
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