Last update: August 21st, 2019 at 6:01 pm
Dust storms from the Sahara Desert blow out over the Atlantic Ocean, obscuring the Cape Verde Islands, in this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite.
Dust transport can have positive and negative consequences. On the one hand, it can bring minerals and nutrients from the soil to marine ecosystems. On the other hand, it can carry viruses and fungi that decimate corals as far away as the Caribbean.