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2014-03-04 14:02:17

The surface of the sea takes up nitrogen oxides that build up in polluted air at night, new measurements on the coast of southern California have shown. The ocean removes about 15 percent of these chemicals overnight along the coast, a team of atmospheric chemists reports in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 3. Nitrogen oxides, formed by the burning of fossil fuels, generate photochemical smog. Atmospheric chemists would like...

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2010-03-11 07:52:35

The smell of sea salt in the air is a romanticized feature of life along a seacoast. Wind and waves kick up spray, and bits of sodium chloride "“ common table salt "“ can permeate the air. It is believed that as much as 10 billion metric tons of chloride enters the air mass through this process each year, but just a tiny fraction "“ perhaps one-third of 1 percent "“ does anything but fall back to the surface. The bit of chloride lingering in the air can react with...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'