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Episode 331: The Special Smell of the Desert

The smell of a monsoon rain is more than just refreshing.

Monsoon Forecast Monsoon rain falls in southern Arizona.
Mitchell Riley, AZPM

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Episode 331: The special smell of the desert monsoon

This episode is supported by the The Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

The smell of a monsoon rain is more than just refreshing. Scientists say it's good for your health, too. University of Arizona social scientist Gary Nabhan explains how desert plants secrete protective oils that turn into a unique desert fragrance when it rains.

Gary Nabhan spoke to Tim Swindle, director of the University of Arizona Space Institute.

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