Australian Origin of Red Rain in New Zealand

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THE sample of red rain dust collected at Ben Lomond, near Queenstown in southern New Zealand, by Dr. Kidson, which the Editor has kindly sent me for inspection, agrees in its microscopic characters with falls previously described. It contains some coarse quartz grains, doubtless of local origin, but the bulk is a fine clay and silt such as is common on the dry lake beds of the interior of Australia; it contains some diatoms and shreds of algæ, which look like those that grow in the pools in such localities.

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GREGORY, J. Australian Origin of Red Rain in New Zealand. Nature 125, 410–411 (1930) doi:10.1038/125410b0

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