Dust bin

OK, I admit it. I am not Martha Stewart.  I do plug in our little Dirt Devil on a regular basis and each time, I marvel at the amount of dust on our boat.

We live surrounded by salt water. I suppose this is obvious when you write about living on a sailboat, but I am trying to make a point here. Where is all this dust coming from? We used to live on an acre of land and never had as much dust as we do on this boat. What gives?

This is what Wikipedia has to say about the topic: “Particles in the atmosphere arise from various sources such as soil dust lifted up by wind, volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibres, minerals from outdoor soil, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.

Bingo. It must be the wind. We have lots of wind here on the edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Wikipedia continues to list all the different kinds of dust: domestic, atmospheric, road and even cosmic dust – dust in outer space! However, the following sentence caught my attention: “In addition, if enough minute particles are dispersed within the air in a given area (such as flour or coal dust), under certain circumstances can cause an explosion hazard.”  Wow, now the dust is attacking us! I think I just found my inspiration to step up my cleaning routine.

Dusty propane sniffer

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