Inside a Dust Storm in Canberra

Sept. 24, 2019

What are you breathing in when a dust storm hits Canberra? Recent images of microscopic particles from a dust storm show us the make up of airborne particles recorded during the event. It's enough to make your eyes water!

The dust storm that passed over Canberra on the weekend of the 21-22 September, 2019, clearly shows up on our daily Canberra Pollen Monitoring microscope slides.

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Image 1: Red slide = clear day; Green slide = dust recorded on Saturday 21st September.

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Image 2: Microscopic particles found in the dust smear include Casuarina (She Oak tree) most likely derived from long distance dispersal from western NSW with the dust cloud, and local Pine, Birch and Poplar pollen.

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