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Solid particulate matter in the atmosphere

Reto Giere and Xavier Querol
Solid particulate matter in the atmosphere
Elements (August 2010) 6 (4): 215-222

Abstract

Atmospheric particulates--tiny particles in the air--represent an exciting new research area for mineralogists and geochemists. Emitted directly into or formed within the atmosphere, these particles are generated by both natural processes and human activity. Although derived mostly from sources that are spatially and temporally confined, the particles are ubiquitous globally due to atmospheric circulation. Depending on their physical and chemical properties, these small particles have local- to planetary-scale environmental impacts, influencing the radiative properties of the atmosphere and the cryosphere, the nucleation of both warm and ice clouds, and the nutrient contents of oceans and soils. Because airborne particles can affect human health and transportation, mainly aviation, they have become a focus of government attention and regulation.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 6
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Solid particulate matter in the atmosphere
Affiliation: Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Freiburg, Federal Republic of Germany
Pages: 215-222
Published: 201008
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 35
Accession Number: 2010-081065
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, ESP, Spain
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201043
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