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Eckardt, F.D. and Schemenauer, R.S. 1998. The Chemistry of Namib Desert Fog in Comparison with Coastal Desert Fog of Chile and Oman 187-190. Conference on fog and fog collection, Vancouver, Canada, 19-24 July 1998


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The Chemistry of Namib Desert Fog in Comparison with Coastal Desert Fog of Chile and Oman 187-190.

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This paper documents the ion concentrations and ion enrichment relative to sea water, in Namib Desert fog water, with the purpose of establishing its suitability for future Namibian fogwater collection schemes, while also examining claims that Namib Desert fog water carries exceptionally high concentrations of sulphate, which may be responsible for the formation of gypsum deposits in the desert. The work suggests that Namibian fog water is at least as clean as has been reported from other coastal deserts in South America and Arabia, and provides a source of very clean water for the coastal desert region of south-western Africa. It does not appear that fog is an efficient sulphur source for the formation of the gypsum deposits, unless rare events with high concentrations of marine sulphur compounds occur.

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