Contact: Sandra Hines
University of Washington
Caption: A plume of dust and hitchhiking microbes reached the West Coast and was detected at the Mount Bachelor observatory in April, 2011. It traveled from several Asian locations and at various levels in the troposphere (red and yellow being highest), according to scientists using models to determine the back trajectories.
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