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[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]You must sign in to vote The Sahara desert, the world’s largest desert, fertilizes the Amazon rainforest, also the world’s largest, according to atmospheric scientist Hongbin Yu, the lead author of a study by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Relying on satellite data, NASA recently released an estimate of how much phosphorus is in the dust that travels from the Sahara to the Amazon basin. Each year, million tons of phosphorus-laden dust gets blown from the Sahara, more specifically from an ancient lake bed called the Bodele Depression in Chad, to the Amazon by strong winds. About 182 million tons of dust, enough to fill 689,290 semi-trucks, are carried across the Atlantic Ocean, where about 27.7 million tons of dust, enough to fill some 104,908 semi-trucks, fall atop of the Amazon. Phosphorus is essential to the growth of plants, which the Amazon depends on in order to flourish. Most of the Amazon’s phosphorus is washed away by rain into streams and out of the forest, but the amount lost, roughly 22,000 tons, is made up for by the dust from the Sahara desert. The pattern of dust transported annually is highly variable. Scientists believe this variation could have been affected by high rainfall in the Sahel region, the long strip of semi-arid land on the southern border of the Sahara. —————————————-­——————— Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. For news that’s fun and never boring, visit our channel: Subscribe to stay updated on all the top stories: Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: Check […]


  • Nicholas Gallineau 4 years ago


  • luckyone 4 years ago

    circle of life 

  • Jackass Jeff 4 years ago

    gross, sand from niggerland

  • Louie Millar 4 years ago

    The Sahara is not in fact the largest desert, a desert is a place where a maximum amount of rain fall can fall each year. It may be the largest hot desert, but it is intact Antarctica that is the largest desert

  • Tsuyoshi Hariyoshi 4 years ago

    Religious people be all like, LOOK WHAT GOD DID!!!!!

  • Mr. Bludclot 4 years ago

    F*** David Beercroft

  • Shah Gamer 4 years ago

    Subhanallah still do you not BELIVE in your Lord ALLAH look at what he dose and what he has done people repent before its to late may allah guide you all PLZ……ALLAH AQBER 

  • Logic Time 4 years ago

    The irony is that Sahara deserts or "Sahel" is the most driest place on Earth. It should fertilize it self before some-where else LOL!!

  • Amit I. 4 years ago

    Smart mother nature

  • Peter Griffin 4 years ago

    It's a Illuminati conspiracy to promote Kanye West music to Latin America and make gay fish sticks out of their trees.

  • bonghitsallday 4 years ago

    this isnt surprising. theres always a reason why something thrives in nature.

  • Sarah Walton 4 years ago

    Cool! Science FTW!

  • Владимир Ленин 4 years ago

    God blesses america!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill in LA 4 years ago

    TOMO news is jealous of NASA awesome animations….

  • pridelion88 4 years ago

    Yeah, we ll scientists are full of it. Because over 600 acres of Amazon land are disappearing faster than Sahara dust!!

  • RuggedALAN 4 years ago

    I like these science videos tomonews. Thanks

  • Christopher TheBanana 4 years ago

    Damn nature, u cool as hell.

  • Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae 4 years ago

    Gong Xi Fa Tsai!

    Good to see TOMONews doing some science education and climate dynamics PR at the same time! 

    Is the reason most of the world's currency reserves are in Asia because that is where the fewest science deniers live?

  • CONNECTELECTRIC 4 years ago

    "If you print it, the sheep's will listen and believe"

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