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"You're Welcome, Amazon" -Africa

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2012 3:00:00 PM / by Phil Torres posted in africa, amazon rainforest, minerals, ecosystem

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On an epic voyage, dust from a single valley in Africa takes a 5000km flight across the globe, only to land in the Amazon. It’s not just any old dust. It’s rich in iron and phosphorous, which are essential for fertilizing plants...

and it weighs a total of 50 MILLION TONS.

 

For anyone that has visited the Amazon and looked down, you’d be quick to note that below the thin layer of dead leaves is reddish/orange clay- pretty terrible for growing plants. However, plants here have adapted in various ways- most significantly through shallow, wide roots that can absorb nutrients in the upper layers of the soil- to take advantage of any minerals and nutrients they may come across.

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