How A Chinese Desert Feeds American Trees

Apr 12, 2017

It's easy to stand near California's giant sequoia trees with your jaw hanging open. 

Credit Tuxyso, CC BY-SA 3.0,

It's less easy to understand how they could possibly get enough nutrition to grow so big.  One recent study shows that dust blowing from far away adds to the nutrition. 

The dust blows all the way from China's Gobi Desert, says Emma Aronson at the University of California-Riverside. 

She explains the unique study methods that turned up the information.