Particles from Asian dust storm show up in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES, CA – It may be a long way from the Gobi Desert in China, all the way across the Pacific Ocean to California and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but that doesn’t matter to Mother Nature.

A NASA photograph from last month of a massive dust storm in the Gobi Desert shows the storm that blew dust across eastern China where it caused health officials to issue warnings of dangerously high pollution.

Now, California’s Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District says its air monitors picked up evidence of the Gobi dust storm in Owens Valley, about 225 miles north of Los Angeles. But those particles have dissipated and apparently aren’t causing any health concerns.

But it does bring home just how small our big world can be.