[Coral-List] African Dust

Steve LeGore slegore at mindspring.com
Wed Jul 27 12:21:22 EDT 2005

Let's not forget that changes in human activity may also cause changes in the dust content.  How possible is it that the African dust of today carries higher loads of pesticide residues, viruses and/or fungi from human disease outbreaks, or other materials being discarded across the desert-scape that were not issues in earlier years, and perhaps different from the dust that corals may have evolved to tolerate?  Could higher populations or shifting demographics lead to higher wasteloads?  Could this change the fundamental nature of the issue?  Could such changes present a changing and evolving threat to recipients of the dust?

Steve LeGore, Ph.D.
LeGore Environmental Associates, Inc.
Executive Director
Assn. of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean
2804 Gulf Drive N.
Holmes Beach, FL 34217 USA
Tel: (941) 778-4650
slegore at mindspring.com

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