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Amazon Basin Discovery

2018-11-27

Writer(s): Steve Scherer

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A team of researchers, including Professor Alexander Laskin, has made a discovery about the atmospheric composition of the Amazon.

In a paper published in Nature Communications, the researchers reveal that fungal spores are a source of sodium salt particles in the Amazon basin, as opposed to previous assumptions that sodium-containing aerosols originate primarily from marine sources transported from the ocean.

“The take-home message of the paper is now we know that ‘Green Oceans’ of tropical forests emit very similar stuff as the true ‘Blue Ocean,’” explained Laskin.

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