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Dust and human health

June 1, 2014

It is generally accepted that exposure to fine particulate matter may increase risk for human morbidity and mortality. Until recently, population health related studies examining the effects of particulate matter on human health generally examined anthropogenic (industry and combustion by-products) sources with few studies considering contributions from natural sources. This chapter provides an overview of naturally occurring inorganic mineral dust research and associated human health ailments and some of the challenges in elucidating the etiological mechanisms responsible.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2013
Title Dust and human health
DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-8978-3_15
Authors Suzette A. Morman, Geoffrey S. Plumlee
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70048851
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center