Why Is One Australian Island Constantly Covered In A Fine Layer Of Dust?

On Groote Eylandt, off the NT's Arnhem Land coast, a fine dust coats the houses and cars. It gets under fingernails and coats people’s roofs. For years, the black and brown dust has blown off the South32 Gemco manganese mine. Locals who live and work on the island suspect the fine dust particles could be threatening their health, and they want answers. A few years ago, researchers at the University of Queensland tested one resident’s hair and nails to see if there were traces of manganese in them. The tests found what the local Aboriginal Land Council called "concerningly high" levels of heavy metals. What do you think LiveTribers? Why is one Australian island constantly covered in a fine layer of dust?

Posted by on 27 Feb 2023

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    To be expected from the mines

    Posted by yelsha42 on 17 Mar 2023

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    As suggested - from the mines

    Posted by kendallx3 on 17 Mar 2023

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    You answered your own question! It would be good if the mine did something about it but it's probably unlikely unless they are forced to.

    Posted by Kittykato on 17 Mar 2023

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    Just like the red dust in the mining areas in WA.

    Posted by Chin on 17 Mar 2023

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    Why, indeed? Is there no regulation that ensures that he South32 Gemco manganese mine prevent the spread of the fine dust particles that would most definitely be threatening the health of all living things exposed??? Appalilng! Why is this accepted? : (

    Posted by Spiderwoman on 13 Mar 2023

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    Yes, the dust could be definitely affecting people's respiratory health. More people could be suffering from asthma and lung problems than is normal. I have a moderate dust allergy. I couldn't live here as I would be getting chronic bronchitis. The more pollution, the more my lungs suffer. The government and EPA should be monitoring this. My uncle suffers from a lung disorder caused by breathing in toxic fumes from a factory. Stone masons are suffering lung problems by breathing in dust from carving the stone.

    Posted by tassiegirl on 06 Mar 2023

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    As you have said it blows off the South32 Gemco mine.

    Posted by Paula on 27 Feb 2023

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    I lived there for 5 years. It is the manganese. Could be the cause of the syndrome eperienced by many indigenous people.

    Posted by colliemac on 27 Feb 2023

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    It is obviously covered in dust due to inadequate dust suppression at the mine.

    Posted by bronniept on 27 Feb 2023

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    Of course, you get dust from mining operations. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. I bet if they closed the mines all the people who worked there would be complaining that they were out of a job. No mining = no pollution = no jobs. It's up to authorities like the EPA to monitor dust and pollution levels, if they've OKayed the level there's SFA the Aboriginal Land Council or anyone else can do

    Posted by ere on 27 Feb 2023

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    Errrr..... because of dust from a nearby mine and clear lack of said mines dust control policy if it exists at all. Incompetent behaviour from Mine Owners.!!!

    Posted by mact on 27 Feb 2023

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