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African Dust Presentations

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Gene Shinn gave his dust talk to two very different groups of people in a 2-week period in November. The first presentation was made to Trustees of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, who were convening in Puerto Rico. The talk included a short field trip to examine coral reefs off the island's east coast by snorkeling. Locals confirmed and reinforced the presence and health effects of dust during the summer months. The second presentation was given at a banquet held by the Southeastern Chapter of the Explorers Club at the Ft. Lauderdale Hilton Hotel.

In both cases, feedback from the audience provided useful contacts in the medical profession. The program chair of the Explorers Club, a retired pathologist, explained how he had contracted an Aspergillus infection of the sinuses while on a cruise to Panama. He told of low visibility during the cruise due to African dust in the southern Caribbean and noted that most people on the ship had developed respiratory problems and didn't know why. African dust contains many viable species of Aspergillus.

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MRIB: Ocean Geo-Library

Outreach Nat'l Geography Awareness Week


Lake Tahoe: "Wonders of the Universe" Calendar

Plymouth County Detention Center

African Dust

Bill Normark Interview

Rock Course for Teachers

Meetings Geologic Framework of U.S. Coastal & Marine Regions

Coastal Marsh Die-Back

Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion

Southeatern U.S. Benthic Habitat

Southern California Benthic Habitat

9th International Coral Reef Symposium

Gulf of Maine

Long Island Sound


Awards Distinguished Lecturer

Earthquake Hazards Video

Hapke Honored by CSBPA

Staff & Center News Senior Leadership Visit

Director's Office & NOAA Visitors

Suspension Modeling

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