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A Trans-Tasman Smoke Plume Event, Wairarapa, December 1997

Year: 
2004
Volume: 
23
Author(s): 
A.M., Bromley
Abstract: 

On 3 December 1997 an extensive brown layer was observed in the sky over the southern Wairarapa region of New Zealand. Consideration of the meteorological conditions and trajectory analyses suggest the layer was smoke originating from large bushfires burning in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia. The significance of a fast-moving coherent plume from Australia to New Zealand is discussed with reference to the possible introduction into New Zealand of industrial pollutants and undesirable biological material carried in the plume.

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