Calsur,you seem like a sweet and likeable guy. I once knew a girl who was engaged to an engineering student. She was at a party with he and his friends once, she looked around and thought these are the kind of people I am going to spend the rest of my life with? So, she dumped him and took up with me, a hippie in the hills (30 years ago)
What was the dust like raised by Burning Man compared to the white out conditions I have seen in the photos posted here?
You like data, here is data. The playa in its natural state is surfaced with the glazed cracked silt surface you have probably seen. When the wind blows the finer particles that can be picked up are.. Some heavier particles are bounced along the ground in a process known as saltation.. The dust storms are indeed white.. as the fine particles are largely gypsum. As I am sure you know 90 percent of the nation's Gypsum comes from Empire.
Over the last 10 years hummocks have begun to grow on the playa. Hummocks which did not exist prior to BM.
During BM the glazed surface of the playa is destroyed. After BM the site is harrowed, essentially plowed, this turns up the heavier clays which lie below the surface. This harrowed surface is left to the mercy of the wind. This is not supposition. You can drive out there in October and see it. The BM site looks like a farmers field ready for planting.
When the wind kicks up, the silts of the playa are not locked into place by the glazed surface but are free to be moved by the wind. A typical dust storm on the playa has a cafe' a lait, color, the dust from the site is mocha colored. An assumption can be made, (I am making it), that the hummocks are formed of material removed from the BM site. Taking that assumption to its logical conclusion. The BM site will eventually be a depression.
Calsur,, please do not operate under the assumption that your knowledge and IQ is higher than others, like me or Genghiz who you soundly bashed.. He, I have found thinks deeply... and reasons quite well.
You are just a NIMBY with less reason than anyone in the world. Here you are wron. Extremism is no vice in defense of the Earth.